Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2015
In this session we are joined by two Naturopathic students, Jessica Hueser and Elli Reilander, who are both currently attending fourth and final year at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Elli and Jessica will join us live from our studio via webinar and will share on how Naturopathic medicine can compliment First Nations wellness and health through diet, supplements and natural plants. They will review how naturopathic medicine falls in line with holistic views of health and how they both work with First Nations in their home communities and in the city.
During their presentation, Elli and Jessica will answer questions on natural medicines, approaches and will share a few take away healthy lifestyle tips. They will also explain how communities can integrate or access Naturopathic medicine in order to compliment other services they provide their community members.
Highlights that will be covered in this presentation
- To understand what naturopathy is
- To understand what naturopathic doctors do
- To learn how to become a naturopathic doctor
- To hear both Elli and Jessica’s stories of how and why they entered naturopathic medicine
- To hear and understand the life of a naturopathic student
- To understand the connections between naturopathic medicine and Indigenous medicine
About the Presenters:
Elli Reilander has always had a connection with nature. Growing up surrounded by the Salish Sea and in the Coastal Temperate Rainforest, it was no surprise that she enrolled in natural sciences at the University of Victoria. During that time Elli worked as an educator with several organizations including, Seaquaria In Schools, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, and onboard BCFerries as a Coastal Naturalist. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree she went on to work as a Senior Park Naturalist in Goldstream and Rathtrevor Provincial Parks. This was where she became fascinated by the rich history and diversity of the traditional and natural medicines that surrounded us. Elli is currently in her 4th year at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and is passionate about bringing together her love of nature, medicine, and education.
Jessica Hueser (Cree) is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, from Northern Saskatchewan. Her journey in naturopathic medicine began after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. She is an active part of her community volunteering and participating in Pow Wows, soccer, and Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW). She continuously finds ways to practice and share knowledge from traditional Aboriginal cultural and medicinal practices. Jessica is currently in her 4th year at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Resources and Links