Elder Della Sylvester

Della (Rice) Sylvester is First Nations from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She has been studying plants as a medicine all her life. As a young girl, she learned from her grandmothers Ellen Johnny and Sylvestra Modeste.

Della studied Medical Anthropology at UVic; while there, she studied with Nancy Turner. Through Nancy, Della worked with the Pacific Networking Association, a group of cultural and spiritual First Nations from around the Pacific Ocean.

Della has also worked with B.C. Wild’s Leadership Initiative For Environment for over four years. Since 1994, Della has studies Plants, IDs, Applications, Assessment & Preparations with Lorene Benoit of Duncan/Tree Light Institute of the U.S.A.

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