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Indigenous Youth Wanderers

An empowering, Indigenous-led program for self-identifying youth that centres on Re-Indigenization and reconnecting to ancestral pathways.

A blue notice pebble stating that registration for the fall 2023 season of Indigenous Youth Wanderers opens Friday, September 1.

Re-Indigenize and reconnect with nature in High Park!

This experience is open to all self-identifying Indigenous Youth from Turtle Island (North America), South America, and the African Diaspora.

The High Park Nature Centre welcomes Indigenous Youth, ages 12-17, to join us in High Park for our FREE program called Indigenous Youth Wanderers.

Our upcoming program this fall will be an immersive, Indigenous-led Earth Tending program which will take place over six Saturday sessions between 10AM-1PM. Participants will meet us in front of the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School Building on 375 Colborne Lodge Drive. Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

Fall 2023 sessions: October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, and November 11

As a Youth Wanderer participant, you will:

Wanderer Activities:

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 knowledge. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

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

Light snacks and lunch will be provided.

Planning on bringing your own food? Remember the following rules when you pack your food:
  • No Nuts, Please!
    The High Park Nature Centre is a strictly nut-free zone. Campers cannot bring snacks containing tree nuts or peanuts 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 Litter-Free  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 Your Wanderer Instructors

Carolynne Crawley, the founder of Msit No’kmaq, is Mi’kmaw and also has Black and Irish ancestry and is from Mi’kma’ki territory, also known today as Nova Scotia. But Tkaronto has been her home since she was a young child. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supporting Indigenous-led community work related to Indigenous food ways and food security. Carolynne is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, waters, and all beings as there is no separation between us. From many Indigenous perspectives around the Earth, they are all our relations to be treated with as much love, respect, and reciprocity as we do with our human loved ones. Carolynne leads workshops for the public and the private sector that support the development and strengthening of healthy and reciprocal relationships based upon Indigenous knowledge that Indigenize existing interactions with the land and with each other by deconstructing colonial thoughts, language, and actions. She also shares Indigenous life ways such as bird language and harvesting ‘wild’ foods and medicines from the land.

Carolynne is also a certified Forest Therapy Guide and was a Trainer and Mentor for five years in practice. She is a Blanket Exercise Facilitator, a Holistic Nutritionist, a Storyteller, a Co-Producer of the documentary Reckoning with the Wendigo, and a member of the Tkaronto Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle. She is currently working for Canada’s largest food security organization as the Indigenous Network & Knowledge Sharing Senior Specialist while operating her small business. Carolynne can be found speaking at events that center around social, food, and environmental justice. 

Previously, Carolynne worked with one of Toronto’s largest food security organizations for ten years. She worked with Indigenous communities within the City of Toronto and remote Cree communities along the James Bay area. As the Indigenous Food Justice Manager. Carolynne has also built school food gardens and created food literacy curriculum-linked programming for all school grades during her time with the organization. She also worked as a Child & Youth Worker for twenty years.

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Kiera serves as the Indigenous Programs Coordinator at the High Park Nature Centre. Kiera is a Plains Cree woman originally from George Gordon First Nation in southern Saskatchewan. Kiera’s passions include Canadian History, Indigenous Rights, and crocheting.

Catherine Tammaro is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans decades. Catherine is a seated Spotted Turtle Clan FaithKeeper and is active throughout the City of Toronto and beyond, in many organizations as an Elder in Residence, Mentor, Teacher, and Cultural Advisor.

She is an alumna of the Ontario College of Art. Shehas had a diverse career, multiple exhibits, and installations, published written works and presentations, and continues her creative practice.

Catherine actively supports the work and development of other artists on an ongoing basis. She served on the Board of the TAC, TAC’s Income Precarity Working Group, and was the Chair of the Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Advisory Committee in 2020/21, and is the new Indigenous Arts Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council and continues teaching, learning and exploring her creativity and that of others.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our Youth and Adult Rangers & Indigenous Youth Wanderers programs are completely funded through grants provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Toronto, which prioritize 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.