Who is Wild About Saskatoon?
Wild about Saskatoon is an informal collective of nature-lovers who began to meet in the winter of 2012-13. We are madly in love with the beauty and diversity of the living world wherever we find it, especially within city limits.
Our goal is to foster a fresh, everyday connection between the residents of Saskatoon and the nature that envelops us, in the city as everywhere else. We want to nurture a civic culture where respect for the living world is routinely reflected in our collective and individual decisions.
A city is not just built; it is also planted. The City of Saskatoon provides habitat not only for humans but also – wonderfully – for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of species of plants, insects, birds and animals, from bumblebees to bats and from ducks to otters. Without plants to produce oxygen, we could not breath. Without insects to pollinate our gardens, we’d lack nourishing food. Without birds and animals to raise our spirits, we would be intolerably alone. Without the shining waters of the South Saskatchewan River, our lives, in incalculable ways, would be barren.
Wild About Saskatoon respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory and traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people. As we engage in place-based and land-based education and experiences, it is important that we pay our respects both to the land and to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. As stated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we strive in our work to acknowledge and understand our collective past as a way to move us toward a stronger and healthier future, with “relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect”, in which we actively work against colonization. Find out why this is important to us here.
Nature does not begin where the sidewalk ends. If you would like to join us, please be in touch.