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Turtle Island Conservation

Toronto Zoo's Turtle Island Conservation programme (TIC) respectfully shares the hopes and goals of First Nation partners in our committment to the preservation of biodiversity. TIC partners with First Nation communities to preserve community knowledge and significant natural and cultural landscapes.

The objectives of the Turtle Island Conservation programme are:

  • To foster respect for self, community, Mother Earth, and the Creator
  • To recognize and record significant landscapes valued by First Nation communities
  • To integrate traditional ways of knowing with western science to monitor, protect, respect and restore landscapes
  • To integrate language, art and crafts to sustain traditional ways of knowing and among non-Aboriginals
  • To facilitate understanding of diversity of First Nation culture and ways of knowing among non-Aboriginals

Turtle Island Conservation has a variety of resources available in
Mohawk and Ojibway languages:

Other initiatives include:

  • Outreach education presentations in First Nations' communities focused on community cultural mapping
  • Facilitating Elder/Youth dialogue
  • Monitoring programs in First Nation communities
Click here to download an overview of TIC.

If you would like more information about the program please contact:

Programme Coordinator, Turtle Island Conservation turtleisland@torontozoo.ca, or 416- 393-6362

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