The Native Plant Study Group is hosting an Edible Native Plant Talk (speakers: Kristen Miskelly & HAT's very own Stewardship Coordinator, Paige Erickson-McGee).
More details to come; check back here or on the Victoria Natural History Society (http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/?page_id=1518).
In the meantime, did you know that the common cattail, Typha latifolia has many edibe components?! Here is the shortlist: 1) the tender white inner parts of the plant shoot both above and blow ground is edible raw, or can be baked, boiled or dried and ground into flour; 2) you can use the pollen as flour, for instance to make pancakes; 3) the freen flower spikes are edible once cooked; and, 4) the seeds are also edible and can be obtained by burning the fluff from the brown-cylinder tops. Make sure to harvest from more mature plants to avoid confusing young plants with plants from the iris family, which are not edible. You can find cattail along lakes and ponds, or flooded areas including ditches.