One of our most important mandates at TLTP has always been to ensure that our traditional medicines are of the highest quality and come from people who are trustworthy and harvesting in a good and sustainable fashion. This level of attention is especially important for popular traditional medicines like White Sage. This medicine has suffered overharvesting in certain areas by those who do not have the plant or people’s best interests at heart. Worse yet, there are even unscrupulous harvesters who collect from highly polluted areas and sell to unsuspecting buyers. If it’s cheap, you may want to ask why. It’s really important to know where you are getting your medicines from. I am so proud to say that our supply of White Sage is 100% cultivated with a huge amount of love and respect on land owned and beautifully nurtured by devoted people we are proud to have been a customer of for many, many years.
We also personally know our Organic Semah farmers here in Canada. Our Semah comes to us direct from their fields and is treated with great respect on every step of its journey. Unlike the underground Tobacco available on the market from sellers who are not licenced, our Semah has not travelled up here from the U.S., passing the border and many hands along the way. Some of those suppliers even wet down the Semah to add weight to it in order to make customers think they are getting more for less. Imagine that kind of energy on your Semah! At TLTP, we’ve done our due diligence and do our best to look after these medicines. We are also continuing to work hard to carve out a path through the Tobacco Act legislation to recognize our traditional use of ceremonial Semah. No short cuts and disregard for the medicines here!
We were also the first company in Canada on many occasions to offer and educate about many of these medicines. We were also the first to talk about the plight of overharvested Abalone and how important it was to purchase only farmed abalone and not poached abalone. (Karen once gave away two boxes of large Abalone shells to an Indigenous organization when she found out the shells had come from poachers. She refused to sell them but knew they needed to be honoured in the best way possible).
We mean business.
We’ve also taken a huge amount of care with our packaging. We converted just about everything to paper several years ago, and we are constantly looking for environmentally friendly solutions for all our needs.
We continue to create jobs for the Indigenous community. We created an entire industry out of Indigenous made cloth pouches, which has been supporting an entire Algonquin family for several years now. There is no way we can compete with cloth pouches from China, so we don’t even try. People who genuinely want to support us, will do so. Others who only care about the bottom line will go elsewhere.
We’ve been trying for years to find Indigenous people willing to make tripods and copper cups and other things we currently have to outsource. If you’re interested, by all means please contact us.
With every step along this path, we’ve always tried to do our best by our Peoples, and that includes our Plant Peoples. We are not perfect. We certainly don’t know everything. So, we encourage those who do know to step forward and walk with us gently on this journey together. We love you. We need you. Miigwetch for being there.
With love and deep respect from our family to yours