McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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Nature & Health

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Podcasts

Videos

Books

Forest Bathing Learn More

By Dr Qing Li

Shinrin-Yoku: The Art and Science of Forest Bathing

The Biophilia Effect Learn More

By Clemens G. Arvay

A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature

The Nature Fix Learn More

By Florence Williams

Why Nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative.

Websites and Organizations

EcoHealth Ontario (EHO) Learn More

A transdisciplinary collaboration working to support equitable access to greenspace. Find information about the importance of prioritizing access to nature.

 

Conservation Ontario Learn More

A not for profit organization representing 36 conservation authorities across Ontario. Find information about why preserving biodiversity if a public health initiative.

Children and Nature Network Learn More

An organization working to increase equitable access to nature so that children and nature places can thrive. Find resources outlining nature’s benefits and tools for getting outside.

CAPE Learn More

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) shares research, articles and news segments where they explain associations between nature, greenspace and health.

Reports

Articles

WHO: Biodiversity and Human Health Visit Article

A fact sheet summarizing the World Health Organization’s report Connecting Global Priorities touching on the nutritional and infectious disease implications of ecosystem stability.

CAMH: Nature and Mental Health Visit Article

The Center for Addiction and Mental Health outlines how nature can have a nurturing effect on your mental health.

Healthy By Nature Visit Articles

A collection of news, research and reasons to get outside. Learn about mental and physical health benefits and why some healthcare professionals are “prescribing” nature,

Social Distancing and Nature Visit Article

Dr. Melissa Lem and Robin Edger explain why Social distancing means we need to connect to nature more than ever — safely.