2024 Youth Summit for Mother Earth
For the 2024 Youth Summit, Ontario Nature, the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University, Plenty Canada, and Walpole Island Land Trust will be partnering with our leaders on the Youth Council and Youth Circle for Mother Earth’s Coordinating Circle to offer a unique, cross-cultural event for youth across Ontario.
When: September 13–15, 2024
Where: Tawingo Outdoor Centre in Muskoka on the traditional territories of the Ojibway, the Chippewa, the Algonquin and the Odawa. Today, Muskoka is home to three sovereign nations: Wahta Mohawks First Nations, Moose Deer Point First Nation and the Moon River Métis. Tawingo Outdoor Centre is located on what is now known as Huntsville.
Who: 90 youth (aged 14–20) from across Ontario
We look forward to delivering a weekend of hands-on, outdoor education and land-based learning opportunities alongside our incredible partners. Ontario Nature’s COVID-19 Precautions for Events provides details on the prevention measures we will take in advance of and during the event. The Youth Summit for Mother Earth will be held in compliance with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s COVID-19 measures at the time of the event.
Registration for sponsored youth will open in late spring. Instructions to access the password-protected form will be emailed directly to sponsors and sponsored youth.
Full sponsorship cost to attend the 2024 Youth Summit for Mother Earth is $450. A sponsorship of $450 covers the hard costs of a youth’s participation, including accommodations, meals, speakers, workshops, materials, event coordination, and additional costs associated with reducing barriers for youth participation (e.g., travel).
If you are not being sponsored to attend and would like to participate, please contact the event coordinator below to be notified when subsidized registration opens.
Please contact Maya Davidson at email@example.com or 416-444-8419 (toll-free 1-800-440-2366) ext. 280 for inquiries about sponsorship or registration.
2023 Youth Summit for Mother Earth Highlights
On September 22–24, 2023, young environmental leaders from across the province came together at Camp Wahanowin on Anishinaabe (Chippewas of Rama First Nation) territory near Orillia for the fourteenth annual Youth Summit in partnership with Ontario Nature, the Indigenous Environmental Institute at Trent University, Plenty Canada and Walpole Island Land Trust. The event, also partnered with youth leaders from the Youth Council and Youth Circle for Mother Earth’s Coordinating Circle, allowed over sixty youth from 42 communities to participate in workshops, a cultural humility session, sharing circles and group activities.
Nokomis Stephanie, grandmother from Mnjikaning (Chippewas of Rama First Nation), led an opening and closing ceremony for all participants, sharing knowledge about smudging and the Seven Grandfather Teachings. We were also lucky to have Amber Sandy from Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation), speaking on her experiences and natural hide tanning for a virtual keynote in November 2023.
Thank you to our Nature Network members and other organizations .
Their support made the 2023 summit successful.
- Bancroft Field Naturalists
- Bert Miller Nature Club
- Blue Mountain Watershed Trust
- Carden Field Naturalists
- Durham Region Field Naturalists
- Essex County Field Naturalists
- Friends of Charleston Lake Park
- Friends of Minesing Wetlands
- Friends of Ojibway Prairie
- Friends of Salmon River
- Headwaters Nature
- Huron Fringe Field Naturalists
- Junction Creek Stewardship Committee
- Kawartha Field Naturalists
- Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
- Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists
- Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
- Nature League – Collingwood
- Nature Barrie
- North Durham Nature Club
- Orillia Field Naturalists
- Peterborough Field Naturalists
- Saugeen Nature
- Simcoe Catholic District School Board
- South Georgian Bay Innovation Fund
- South Peel Naturalists Club
- Sudbury Naturalists
- Sydenham Field Naturalists
- St. Teresa Catholic Secondary School
- Waterloo Region Nature
Thank You to Our Corporate and Program Sponsors
Thank You to Our Corporate and Program Sponsors
Dr. Anne Bell
Brian & Jan Bornstein
Dr. Muhammed Qureshi
Susan Robertson in memory of Carolyn King
Miigwetch – miigwech – nya:wen – hiy hiy – yaw^ko – nakurmiik – merci – thank you!*
*The above translations may differ from other Ojibwe, Kanien’kéha, Cree, Oneida and Inuktitut dialects, and reflect the languages shared with and spoken by members in the Youth Circle for Mother Earth’s Coordinating Circle and project partners.
Over the past 15 Youth Summits, we have engaged 902 youth from 251 communities across Ontario, representing nations across North America/Turtle Island and cultures around the world.