School Programs

Kodiak Herbal Connects Schools to Metis Culture-based Learning Experiences.

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Cultural experiences for schools are based on traditional methods of immersive learning – we teach kids through stories, pictures, activities – and artifacts they can handle and play with!

Teachings take place in your classroom or one of the outdoor spaces in Calgary.

Engaging presentations of traditional Métis art and culture, with information customized for every classroom. 

  • Métis Sash Finger Weaving
  • Métis Medicine, Food & Tools from Plants
  • Métis Seasonal Round – Traditional Living
  • Stories of Metis Families in Southern Alberta
  • Metis Artifacts Scavenger Hunt
  • Biochemistry of Indigenous Medicine Plants

Youth & Indigenous Groups

Indoor-outdoor adventures with visual and hands-on activities to engage young learners. Crafts, plant culture and inspiring earth stewardship are common themes in these workshops. We love to share Métis and traditional plant culture knowledge with youth — just let us know what interests you!

Corporate & Community Groups

Choose from casual team-building, cultural-awareness and educational programs to suit your group. Some examples include a fun traditional tea tasting party, or a Métis cultural awareness presentation. Visit us in groups smaller than ten at the Kodiak Health Apothecary located in Calgary, or host a larger gathering in your own space.

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Students of Aberystwyth, Wales Visit Kodiak Herbal

I had the extreme pleasure of hosting students from Coleg Ceredigion during their visit to Canada in March 2022, for a plant walk featuring traditional Metis medicines of the Bow River Valley. Among the group of travelers, who hailed from various parts of the UK, were...

Medicine Workshop Aims to Reconnect Metis People with Tradition in Bragg Creek – Cochrane Eagle

Originally Published in the Cochrane Eagle, February 8 2022. Written by Jesse Cole. Kalyn Kodiak is a Métis traditional knowledge keeper and herbalist. She’ll be sharing some of that knowledge on Feb. 18 in Bragg Creek. Métis Canadians have a long and rich history in...

Indigenous Tourism Associations Support Small Culture Tourism Business

Kodiak Herbal is the proud recipient of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada's Stimulus Development Fund, as well as Indigenous Tourism Alberta's COVID-19 Relief Fund. This funding has enabled us to continue doing what we love - sharing Metis culture with...

There’s a Bear in my Freezer, Part 2

I wrote last autumn about a little black bear who got hit by a semi-trailer. I took him home and put him in my freezer. Here is what happened next. I could never kill a bear; bears to me are the physical form of a sacred guardian who has loved me and kept a watchful...

Metis Sash Loom Weaving – Live & Socially Distanced

Calgary, AB @ Herbal Healing Apothecary Saturday, January 16th, 9am-5pm - Delayed due to COVID restrictions Online Version Available Immerse yourself in the Story of the Michif People while creating your own sayncheur flayshii (Metis sash) on a locally-made...

Wildcrafting Medicine @ Providence Lane Farms

Wildcrafting & Medicine Making at Providence Lane Farms Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 @  10am-3pm Come out to Providence Lane Homestead, just North of Cochrane, for a day spent with Kalyn Kodiak, Metis Knowledge Keeper. Registration below. Are you interested in...

There’s a Black Bear in my Freezer

 Here's the story of how she came to be there: Steve and I took a day off after our wedding this August, to relax and go hiking in Kananaskis. This is where we saw the bear. She was a young black bear, likely a teenager, and she was sprinting across the highway just...

Traditional Metis Tree Medicines

Populus (Poplar, Aspen) Populus is a genus of 25-35 flowering deciduous trees native to the Northern Hemisphere. Common names for Populus include Cottonwoods, Poplars and Aspens. The name Populus (“of the people”)was given to these trees because they are so often...

Happy Indigenous People’s Month!

Coloring book of some common Metis weeds found around the city.