LEARN + EXPLORE
Learn cultural teachings surrounding the importance of plant and animal life before exploring Toronto's urban wilderness from an Aboriginal perspective.
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+ INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Participants will make their way to the Gathering Spot where a traditional sharing circle will be opened with introductions and a smudging ceremony.
Focused teachings will be shared at this time surrounding:
• Love and respect for Mother Earth
• Respect for all living creatures
• Respect for both historical and modern Indigenous lifestyles
• Importance of having a connection to the Indigenous history of what is now Toronto - a history spanning thousands of years
Participants will be encouraged to immerse themselves in this cultural exchange.
Any questions, comments and/or personal experiences are encouraged to be shared during our sharing circle.
+ NATURE EXPLORATION
Participants will enjoy an informative guided eco tour along the Humber River, learning about significant natural areas and wildlife along the way!
Key points of observation will be:
• Local flora and fauna (plant-life) species
• Local animal species and their seasonal lifestyles
• Geographic details of the Teiaiagon (Iroquois) Village site
• Geographic details of the historic Carrying-Place Trail
This is the perfect time to take photographs, meet your tour-mates and your Nature Guide one-on-one!
Time to reflect on the significance of teachings will be given during the Eco Tour, while participants explore the natural beauty of Toronto.
+ TEAM BUILDING
Our Nature Tours can be utilized to encourage team building in participants from all backgrounds (including Corporate clients) on a holistic scale - including:
EMOTIONAL - Participants are encouraged to support one another and share personally during our Sharing Circle activity
SPIRITUAL - Cultural teachings reflected on Aboriginal spirituality allow participants to reflect on their own beliefs in a safe space
PHYSICAL - Outdoor exploration during guided Eco Tour activity is paced so that all participants are supported and involved
MENTAL - We encourage participants to group together for optimum plant/water/animal-life and geographic identification during guided Eco Tour activity
INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS INCLUDE
· Experiential learning (first hand understanding and reflection of cultural teachings)
· Learning to scope the environment (depth of water, landscapes, wildlife and geographic observation)
· Hands-on Learning (identification + handling of plants and ecosystem unique to local region)
THIS EXCURSION WILL ALLOW PARTICIPANTS TO:
· Gain an appreciation for Aboriginal culture and its relevance to present-day culture
· Gain an appreciation for nature and the environment - from an Aboriginal perspective
· Utilize this opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth and team building
+ CODE OF CONDUCT
Here at Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours, we ask that all be respectfully aware of their interaction with creation while on a Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tour.
Please treat all creation (including all wildlife, plant-life, water-life, the environment, your tour-mates, your tour guide and yourself) with:
LOVE - Understand that all creation has a place.
RESPECT - Act in a manner that confirms your understanding that all creation has a place (love).
HUMILITY - Understand that you are of equal value to all other forms of creation - from the smallest to the biggest
BRAVERY - Face all conflict (with others and yourself) with love and humility.
WISDOM - Put your understanding to the test - until you both know (understand) and feel (experience) its truth.
TRUTH - Accept the validity of all experiences that occur.
HONESTY - Understand your own truth (how you think and feel about the validity of your experiences) and seek not to hide - but honor your reality.
And lastly POSITIVITY - Allow the serenity of nature to envelope you.
Please bring a smile, a positive attitude and have fun!
“Alan has an amazing and engaging way with students. They were interested in his teachings and he presented information that was relevant and important. Alan's teaching helped my students understand Aboriginal culture in a living and real context.”
Daniel Abramson | Teacher | The Toronto Heschel School
SCHOOL AND NON PROFIT GROUPS (20-25 participants)
TOURISM GROUPS (10-12 participants)
(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
(12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
MODERATE (INCLUDES HIKING)
Tour Location (WHERE TO MEET YOUR GUIDE):
30 Old Mill Road, etobicoke, on m8x 0a5