This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study Indigenous Ethno-botany. This course explores the field of ethno-botany beginning with a historical overview and usage and human relationship with plants and their impact upon society. The course will examine natural botanical healing practices and methods. Political and ethical issues with respect to the natural vs. conventional and the impacts of ethno-botanical research and pharmaceutical production upon Indigenous people and the environment will also be examined. In Native communities many Aboriginal people use herbal medicines to treat their ailments. Therefore to be effective in community healing (physical or mental) initiatives one must be able to understand and appreciate the use of herbal medicines in that community.