Experience, celebrate & champion Toronto's one of a kind ravine system
InTO the Ravinesis helping Toronto experience the ravines while balancing use with protection, education and care. Based on the Ravine Strategy, the City of Toronto and Park People are working together to ensure communities experience, celebrate and champion our one of a kind ravine system. InTO the Ravines will provide:
Innovative public programming that shines a light on the ravines
Micro-grants to spur events and activities about our ravines
Training to establish InTO the Ravines Community Champions
Join storyteller Hillary Clermont, historian and artist Philip Cote, and Indigenous grower Isaac Crosby for a journey from creation stories to Toronto’s Indigenous history to current Indigenous-led ecology work, to help understand how we can deepen our connection to the plants and animals of our land and ravines.
Hillary is an artist, storyteller, cultural resource advisor/social worker and harvester of natural and traditional medicines. She has mixed Menominee/Metis & Spartan heritage and is a member of the Bear Clan. Hillary believes the best way to describe an Indigenous way of being is “Simple yet profound”. She strives everyday to emphasize inclusion & peoplehood and how everyday we can empower ourselves through our relationships; especially with the land.
Hillary owns & operates a small skincare business “Bear Bones Balm” where she incorporates traditional and contemporary knowledge; Infusing the old ways with a new feel. Check her out at @bearbonesbalm
Philip is a young Elder, artist, activist, educator, historian & traditional wisdom keeper from Moose Deer Point First Nation with Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, and Ojibway lineage. Drawing on insights from Indigenous Studies, anti-colonial theory, oral history, and grassroots Indigenous social justice movements such as Idle No More, Philip is the creator of many large scale public artworks including Indigenous History of the Land at Spadina & Dupont, The Niagara Treaty of 1764 at University of Toronto, Resurge: First Timeline under Old Mill Station located in King’s Mill Park and other art pieces that challenge colonial discourses, narratives, and misrepresentations, and create moments for the discussion of under-recognized Indigenous knowledge, history, and epistemology.
Philip has taught at York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, OCAD University and the TDSB and guides tours with First Story providing teachings about the Indigenous history of Toronto going as far back as 13,500 years ago sharing his deep knowledge of Indigenous symbolism, language, and land-based pedagogy.
Isaac is Black and Ojibwe from Anderdon Nation, unceded land half an hour south of Windsor. Having learned about growing from his grandfather, Isaac is now the Lead Agriculture Hand at Evergreen Brickworks in the Don Valley. There he teaches gardening, land restoration and land-based healing programs.
He is the host of the Brother Nature webcast series, appears regularly on CBC’s Fresh Air as a garden expert and sits on the Indigenous Inclusion Working Group at Evergreen, working to bring Indigenous voices to the table. You can find more of his great Brutha Nature videos on YouTube.
Connect and learn about ravines through the lens of science, art, storytelling, and action. Please note: In-person events are postponed based on current Public Health guidelines in Toronto and will resume once it is safe to do so.
Ravines and Resilience - Toronto’s Ravines and Climate Change - Date TBD
Past extreme weather events shaped our city and ravine system. Looking ahead, our ravines can help us be more climate-resilient. Meet Toronto’s passionate climate scientists and activists and understand how you can impact climate change and what our city is doing to manage future risks.
Drawing on Ravines - June 18th
No matter what your age or experience, join native plant expert Lorraine Johnson and scientific illustrator and Métis culture keeper Jenna McGuire to explore the wonders of nature and ravine ecology through drawing. Sketch with these experts while learning how a plant’s form relates to how it grows and thrives, and their role in the ecosystem.