ANIMALIA: Animals in the Archives

“ANIMALIA: Animals in the Archives explores how humans’ relationships with other animals, and the methods we’ve used to document these relationships, have changed over time. In this exhibit, you’ll learn about five distinct animal groups in Ontario—fish, bears, horses, dogs and birds—and discover how animals connect us to the land, provide food for many, help us get around, and enrich our lives. The diverse ways humans have recorded, remembered, and affected other animals often says as much about us as it does about them.”

Brought to us all by the The Archives of Ontario, ANIMALIA is a multi-dimensional exhibition including a showcase at the The Helen McClung Exhibit Area, online exhibit, flickr album, YouTube playlist of historic videos, skill-testing quiz, and much more.

Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.