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Nancy J. Turner

  • Fellow 2015
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University of Victoria

    Nancy J. Turner has long had a fascination for plants, and her studies in ethnobotany began from an early age. She completed her PhD in this field at the University of British Columbia in 1974, and by 1975 published her first book, Plant Foods of British Columbia First Peoples, followed by a number of handbooks and monographs on ethnobotany and edible wild plants. In 1991 she began her university career in Environmental Studies, University of Victoria. She continues to help document and promote First Peoples' traditional knowledge of plants, including Indigenous foods, materials and medicines, as well as associated language and vocabulary. She has authored many books and monographs, including Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge (2014); Plants of Haida Gwaii (2004); The Earth's Blanket (2005); and Keeping it Living (on Northwest Coast traditional plant management) (2005), and over 120 peer-reviewed book chapters and papers, and numerous other publications, both popular and academic. Nancy is a member of the Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada and has received a number of awards and honorary degrees for her work. Her proposed Trudeau project, "Making a Place for Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Environmental Values in Land Use Planning and Decision-making", is based on her interests in how Indigenous Peoples' environmental knowledge and values can be applied effectively in policy, planning and decision-making in the legal and governance arenas around Indigenous Peoples' land rights and title in British Columbia and more broadly.