Indigenous peoples around the Earth deeply understand the interwoven relationships between all beings. Indigenous Elders speak of the individual and collective responsibility we all have to be in a healthy and reciprocal relationship with the Earth, ourselves, and with each other. This may be more important now than any time in history. As we witness and experience the impacts of a climate crisis, wars, conflicts, and injustices around the Earth, it is easy to feel overwhelmed at times. Sharing and practicing ways to support our own well being can strengthen our relationships with Mother Earth.
Carolynne Crawley, from Msit No'kmaq and Turtle Protectors, will focus upon breaking down ways of thinking that can separate people from the Earth. She will share Indigenous perspectives that have guided her throughout her life that support her relationship with the Earth. She will offer sensory experiences to connect deeper with all of the beings, and share stories about the beings living on the lands and waters.
This program will be primarily outdoors.
Carolynne Crawley, founder of Msit No’kmaq and cofounder of Turtle Protectors, is a woman of Mi'kmaw, Black and Irish ancestry and is from Mi’kma’ki territory, also known today as Nova Scotia. But Tkaronto has been her home for 50 years since a young child. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice. Carolynne is passionate about reconnecting people with the land, waters, and all beings as there is no separation between us. She is a Forest Therapy Guide/Mentor and Trainer, Kairos Blanket Exercise Facilitator, a Holistic Nutritionist, Storyteller, a Co-Producer of a documentary and a member of the Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle. Carolynne has also worked in food security for 12 years and previously worked as a Child & Youth Worker for two decades.
Pets are not permitted at this program. Service animals are always welcome.
Our Education programs are proudly supported by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
French language service is available upon request. Please let us know.
We acknowledge that Downsview Park is on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
More events in the Park
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5k run/jog/walk every Saturday at 9:00 am. Open to all ages and all abilities – each week a Tail Walker will be present, so you will never be last. This event is organized by parkrun volunteers.