An extreme closeup shot of a bee pollinating a violet flower

Bees and Other Beneficial Insects

We are pleased to be hosting a series of bee-themed events for Collingwood Days 2020. As part of our online series of events, we are honoured to have Lori Snyder host a Zoom talk about Bees and Other Beneficial Insects on Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. on Zoom.

Those who are interested in participating in the conversation, e-mail:

In conjunction with this event, we will be releasing a video in which our very own Robert Allen shows us how to make bee homes! Contact Yoko Tomita at if you are interested in a bee home kit for $10.

We will be including bee art-making opportunities online and in the community in the coming weeks. Please visit the Collingwood Days website and Facebook page for updates.

Lori Snyder

“I am deeply grateful to be born on these lands & honoured for the opportunity to live, work, play, and learn on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples.Lori Snyder is a descendant from the Powhatan, Dakota, T’suu tina, Nakota, Cree, Nipissing, Dene and Anishinaabe peoples, mixed with French and Celtic ancestry.  She was born and raised on the lands of the Squamish people, overlooking the Salish Sea on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Turtle Island—near Vancouver, Canada.”

Lori created Earth Awareness Realized Through Health and Company in 2013, to share First People’s perspectives on wild, edible and medicinal plants. Her practices include plant identification walks, illustration and plant medicine workshops, offering homemade products, and consulting on garden design, as well as public speaking and team training. 
Through Indigenous ways of knowing and pedagogies, Lori leads people of diverse backgrounds in reconnecting to the Earth’s wisdom. Teaching at elementary and secondary schools, she recently facilitated a pilot project with Farm2School BC. Helping to incorporate Indigenous teachings into the curriculum, Lori supported the development of nine Indigenous foodscapes on school grounds in Vancouver.
Lori’s vision is to continually co-create insightful dialogues, to remediate and reconcile with our Indigenous plants as we reintroduce them into our urban landscapes. By sharing and growing these practices, communities can access our true local foods and medicines, which support collective resilience and deep ecological healing for all species.

Lori’s Approach
Lori Snyder is an Indigenous herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of wild, medicinal and edible plants that grow in the most common and everyday spaces. Through Lori’s eyes, our immediate surroundings take on a new life and offer a wealth of untapped nutritional and ecological resources. In a time when our connection to the lands where we live grows ever more tenuous, Lori offers us an opportunity to reconnect. 
Lori walks gently and teaches primarily on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, as well as neighbouring Coast Salish nations.She inspires learners of all generations and backgrounds to communicate with the natural world. She guides us to recognize the wisdom of ancestral relations.
 Lori asks us to live more consciously on the ancient lands where our cities now stand, and to recognize the beneficial impacts of connecting our human experience of mind and body to nature. By learning from all of our ancestors and caring for the many generations of beings to come, we can now build a future of sovereignty and best practices for healing the Earth and all her living creatures. Lori sees that we are all Indigenous to the Earth, and as caretakers this is the most sane and radical response to today’s ecological and humanitarian crises.


Jun 27 2020


1:00 pm