As food. Birch syrup (k’ii chų’ (G), k’ii chuu (T)) can be collected for one to two weeks in mid-June. The syrup, which is used as a topping for pancakes and other foods, is made by boiling down the sap until it thickens.
As medicine. The buds, which are very sticky, are collected in the spring before they open and then boiled. Drinking the tea relieves cold symptoms. The resin which collects on the side of a pot can be used for cuts.
People should leave an offering when collecting any part of a tamarack tree. Caroline Andre of Tsiigehtchic said, “This is real good medicine. They say you have to pay for it, leave sugar or tea behind.”