Aboriginal people have a close connection with nature, and have gained wisdom about animals and the environment that isn’t always available in a typical science textbook. We call this wisdom Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge, or ATK. ATK has played an important role in Canadian conservation, and is passed down from one generation to the next through storytelling, singing, and even arts and crafts.

Earth Rangers is encouraging our young members to learn about and continue the tradition of storytelling by participating in our newest Mission, ATK in Action. To participate, members connect with an elder in their life and ask to hear a story about an experience they had in nature. They then create a piece of art using traditional aboriginal animal symbols to represent the story’s theme. When they’re finished, members can enter the ATK in Action Art Contest.

Meet our esteemed Judging Panel!


ATK in Action judge Shane

Shane is Anishinaabe from Christian Island, Beausoleil First Nation, ON, located in the southern waters of Georgian Bay. He is 20 years old and loves working with the land, water and people. Currently, he is looking to study Environmental Science and Ethnobotany at Lakehead University.


ATK in Action judge Peigi

Peigi is a Metis lawyer from Ontario. She has been a CIER board member since 2007. Peigi has worked for the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, and for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa. She currently splits her time between Ottawa and her home in Crow Lake, Ontario.


ATK in Action judge Paul

Paul is a member of Seneca Nation, Snipe Clan. He is the Wildlife Officer and Manager of the Six Nations Eco-centre, a position which he has held for over twenty years! He has a diploma in Fine Arts and Photography and loves to paint and take pictures in his spare time.

We’re proud to be partnering with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) on the ATK in Action Mission, with the generous support of the RBC Foundation.