The designated Sacred Fire sites across the city are located at Allan Gardens, Christie Pits Park and Norwood Park. If you are not Indigenous, fire pits in City parks are available to book.
Included in your booking:
Community members must bring their own:
The City recognizes the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples to have access to Sacred Fires. A booking system, managed by the Indigenous Affairs Office, will support Indigenous community members with utilizing and sharing theses spaces. The booking system also creates awareness for City staff about Sacred Fires taking place.
Bookings at a designated site are free. Please book at least two weeks in advance, wherever possible. Certain ceremony types may take priority over others, if multiple bookings are requested for the same date, such as Grief Ceremonies, which often take place at short notice.
First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members can complete the online booking form.
You will receive a booking confirmation, including details on how to access the supplies.
If one of the designated Sacred Fire sites does not meet your needs, you can still book space in a City park for a Sacred Fire. A First Nations, Inuit or Métis community member may contact the Indigenous Affairs Office to book an undesignated site, which is also free. Toronto Fire Services will be notified so they can do a safety check of the site before the fire takes place. Email Indigenous@toronto.ca to receive more information about booking an undesignated Sacred Fire site.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have used Sacred Fires for wellness, healing and gatherings. Fire is a sacred gift from the Creator, as well as a doorway of communication with the Spirit world, ancestors and creation. The City collaborated with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to create designated Sacred Fire sites with additional sites planned for the future. Through designated sites, the City aims to create safer access to land for ceremony while minimizing interruptions, as well as continue to build relationships to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.
The creation of designated Sacred Fire sites in City of Toronto parks supports Action 15 of the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan, which addresses the need to reduce barriers for Indigenous People accessing Sacred Fires. These designated sites are also supported by articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report.