Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behaviour — research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. What began as an effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats has since evolved into a worldwide movement that now inspires a generation of young global citizens and supports community-centered conservation in Africa. The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada acknowledges that the land upon which our office operates has been the site of human activity for 15,000 years, is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and continues to be home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We recognize that we can and must do more to ensure that Indigenous perspectives are authentically represented in our work. As proud signatories to The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples’ Declaration of Action, we are committed to moving forward in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation. We will continue to honour and engage Indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledge in our events, programming and partnerships and seek out collaborations and learning opportunities that can further enhance our ability to do so.
Photo credits on this page, top to bottom and left to right: JGI Canada/Ophir Sarusi, Michael Neugebauer, JGI Canada/Ophir Sarusi, JGI U.S/Bill Wallauer, Adam Scotti