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  • Sunday, November 01, 2020 at 08:30 AM
    Kortright Centre for Conservation in Vaughan, ON, Canada

    Land as Our First Teacher: Establishing and Maintaining Relationships

     Sunday, November 1, 2020 - New Date- Tickets now on Sale!

    8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Listening to Land as Teacher: Renewing Relationships 

    It is the time to remember our relationships with the Land and Community!

    Come early to join Gokoomis Jacque Lavalley for Sunrise Ceremony and sit by the Sacred Fire with Johnny Moore. Dance with Jingle Dress Dancer Brianna Olson and hear the heartbeat of Mother Earth in Toronto Council Fire’s Big Drum! Walk for the Water with Grandmother Vivian Recollet and plant Native Medicines with Isaac Crosby. There will be Land-based Cooking with Candace’s Catering, a Drum Circle with The Indigenous Network, Land-based play with Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, and talks about Land-based Early Learning with Hopi Martin in our new Bush Play Centre. Come bring your whole family to listen, play, and participate in this full day of learning!

    Tickets: *$80 for adults, $20 for children

    *(free for Indigenous Families and Children - please email Jasmine at 

    Proceeds go to funding future events and Land as Teacher Fund! 


    Click here for tickets! 


    Timing for the day

    7:30 am - Sunrise Ceremony and Sacred Fire (optional)

    8:30 am - Registration and light breakfast

    9:15 am - Jingle Dress Dance, All Nations Dance and Big Drum

    11:30 am - Lunch

    12:15 pm - Variety of different learning experiences

    3:30- Closing Circle


    Thank you to those who will be sharing their knowledge as part of this day of learning.



    This community initiative is proudly sponsored by York Child Development & Family Services Inc. (YCD) through the Bev Bernier PD fund. 

    Read our Conference Report from last year! 


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