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Our Youth and Adult Rangers & Indigenous Youth Wanderers programs are completely funded through a grant provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation which prioritizes registration for participants who are newcomers to Canada or those who otherwise have difficulty accessing green spaces, such as folks who identify as being part of marginalized communities.


Registration Policies

Please ensure you’ve read and understood our registration policies:

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Indigenous-led Events

Water is Life

Date and Time: Sunday, March 19, 1-3:30PM
Price: FREE

Join us and the Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society for a gathering to honor the life-giving wonder of Water. Guided by Elder Frank Miller (Mohawk, Six Nations), Donna Powless (Cayuga, Six Nations), and Catherine Tammaro(Wyandot, Anderdon Nation) we invite a re-storying that acknowledges High Park as Indigenous Land, the long work that Indigenous peoples have done, and the work left yet to do.

Water is one of the four sacred elements of Creation alongside Air, Earth, and Fire. Join us in celebrating the gift of Water and the beginning of Spring through ceremony, Fire, feasting, and an acknowledgement of Water as an Ancestral thruway, as home, as Medicine, and more.

Through embodiment, we will re-story Tkaronto in relation to waterways that have shaped this place. To mark our journey, we will be creating together waterscapes using watercolour paint + paper, exploring our deep relationship with the Spirit of Water through creative activation.

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Indigenous Youth Wanderers

Thank you for a great fall season of Indigenous Youth Wanderers. We look forward to seeing you again this coming spring.

Indigenous Youth Wanderers is a FREE program for Indigenous Youth ages 12-17. This program is an immersive, Indigenous-led experience of building community, learning, unlearning and ReIndigenizing and reconnecting to ancestral pathways

Activities

As a Youth Wanderer participant, you will:

  • Earn volunteer hours for school
  • Explore and care for nature
  • Receive 2 free TTC tickets each day
  • Have access to daily morning and lunchtime snacks & drinks

Wanderers activities:

  • Cultural reclamation
  • ReStorying native species
  • Unlearning & re-Indigenizing
  • Creative projects & engagements
  • Reconnecting to ancestral pathways
  • Growing traditional foods & medicines
  • Connections with Elders & Knowledge Keepers
  • Black Oak Savannah Exploration – Indigenous History & Stewardship
Eligibility

We’re extending this experience to the Indigenous folks of Turtle Island (North America), South America, and the African Diaspora. You have the power to self-identify, you do not have to be status or non-status. We welcome all youth who have lived experience as an Indigenous Person. Our program is Indigenous-led and our instructors will be sharing teachings they have gathered from their own lived experiences while creating a space that is welcoming to all Indigenous knowledges. If you have any questions, please reach out to info@highparknaturecentre.com

Price: FREE

Our Indigenous Youth Wanderers program FREE of cost thanks to funding by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Location

Indigenous Youth Wanderers will meet at 10AM at the High Park Nature Centre Forest School Building on 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

Lunch & Snacks
  • No Nuts, Please!
    The High Park Nature Centre is a strictly nut-free zone. Campers cannot bring snacks that contain tree nuts or peanuts in order to accommodate campers and staff with life-threatening allergies. If your camper’s lunch or snacks have Sun Butter or Wow Butter, you must leave a note to let staff know that it is not peanut butter.
  • Pack a Low-Litter Lunch
    We encourage everyone to pack a low-litter lunch to reduce our impact on the planet. We recommend big lunches with lots of extra snacks to enjoy throughout the day. We will have light snacks available. If your camper has any food allergies, accommodations, or dietary restrictions, please let us know.

Meet our Wanderers Instructors

Our Indigenous Youth Wanderers program is funded by:



High Park Nature Centre Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we are situated upon the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit. For over 10,000 years Indigenous peoples have lived in this area and we recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land.

High Park is located within “Dish With One Spoon” Territory. The “Dish with One Spoon” is a Wampum Belt Covenant between the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas to share and protect this land together by using only one spoon to eat from the Dish and ensuring the Dish is never empty. When we are in High Park, we are all part of this agreement and are also responsible for respectfully sharing and caring for this land and the animals who live here.

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