The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) heard concerns from the Aamjiwnaang community regarding the safety of the consumption and use of local medicinal plants.
The Plants Study aimed to address these questions by undertaking a comparative study to determine if chemicals found in plants in Aamjiwnaang First Nation are different when compared to the same plants grown at another First Nation distant from industry.
The ministry compiled and reviewed existing information from relevant studies conducted in the Sarnia area. These were used to inform the Plants Study design, in order to better address the concerns of the community.
The ministry worked with the Aamjiwnaang environment and health departments, Toronto Metropolitan University and Health Canada to develop the Plant Study. A western scientific approach was used to address a question from the community. Feedback and input on the Plants Study, including the selection of 11 medicinal plants, were collected during community engagement meetings.