Research project aims to curb decline of biodiversity and improve health of Indigenous peoples worldwide – Folio

January 12, 2022

Indigenous resource management practices key to ending environmental degradation and loss of cultures while improving health, say researchers.

When Danika Littlechild was growing up in Maskwacis, Alta., her uncle would pick her up after school and walk her home through the bush to her kôhkom’s (grandmother’s) house. He would show her different plants and fungi along the way, teaching her their names and telling stories about when to harvest and how to use them for medicine.

“Now when I go walking along that same path there’s really nothing but crabgrass left,” Littlechild said. “I can’t take my son on the same path to talk about that fungus because it’s not there.”

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