Friday, May 9, 2014
Workshop Mentors: Verna Miller
I grew up with very traditionally based paternal grandparents until I was sent off to residential school. I became very interested in ethnobotany after reading Thompson Ethnobotany by my good friend and mentor Nancy Turner. I did not realize how much knowldge I had retained despite my long absense from homeland. The other issue that came to my attention was the lack of acknowledgement by researchers who gathered critical information from Indigenous people they researched. My other passion is Intellectual Property Rights concerning Indigenous people. In 2006 I was invited by Kelly Bannister to Thailand to be part of the Ethics Committee; this was the turning point for getting involved with the ISE. Since then I have been a member.