National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Saturday, September 30

Complimentary Admission Offered to all Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) Peoples.
For entry, please proceed directly to the Zoo’s admission gates. No online ticket purchase required.

Painting of a Turtle representing Turtle Island by BERNICE GORDON

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Join us at Your Toronto Zoo on September 30, 2023 as our Director of Indigenous Relations and our Turtle Island Conservation Steward lead a day of special programming.

9:15am to 9:30am: Join us for a smudge ceremony to open the Zoo at the Zoo’s Front Entrance

10:00am to 2:00pm: Join us at the First Nations Art Garden (near Caribou Café) for an orange shirt pin craft, tobacco ties, pelt touch table, traditional medicines, and more!

On September 30, Your Toronto Zoo is proud to offer complimentary admission to all self-identifying Indigenous people. This includes all First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and non-status First Nations people; proof of identification is not required. For entry, please proceed directly to the Zoo’s admission gates. No online ticket purchase required.
Please note: Limit of ten complimentary admissions per transaction. Offer cannot be transferred to other dates.

At your Toronto Zoo, we acknowledge the land we are on is 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 with the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.