TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science
TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) is an educational program which provides hands-on experiences for youth interested in the intersections of Indigenous and western sciences. TRACKS is based out of the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS) of Trent University, under the umbrella of the Kawartha World Issues Centre and supported by First People's House of Learning. TRACKS consists of two distinct but connected programs: Outreach & Education and Oshkwazin Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.
TRACKS Outreach & Education runs a wide variety of educational programs throughout the calendar year for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in grades K-12.
WAITLIST SIGN UP ONLY. Youth of all ages are invited to join us for a day of learning with the Four Sacred Medicine Teachings. Each participant will also be able to make their own medicine pouch to bring home!Learn More
TRACKS Oshkwazin is a leadership program for Indigenous high school aged youth, providing them with valuable training and leadership development opportunities.
Youth of all ages are invited to join us for a day of learning with the Four Sacred Medicine Teachings. Each participant will also be able to make their own medicine pouch to bring home!Learn More
Invite us into your school, or if you are looking to deepen your TRACKS experience, consider booking your class for a half or full day program at Trent University, where the wetlands, labs and tipi are our classroom!
From November 6th to 9th TRACKS Youth Program is hosting the virtual reality experience, Biidaaban: First Light! Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR project that utilizes Indigenous languages and worldviews to help people understand, as well as literally feel and experience, what Indigenous ways of being and knowing have to teach us about the world and our place in it.Read More
It's #throwbackthursday and we're reminiscing about our Summer with our Oshkwazin Youth Ambassadors' final reflections on their most memorable experiences from their time working with TRACKS. Read on to learn about some of the fun leadership-building activities we all did together!Read More
As part of their Summer, our Oshkwazin Youth Ambassadors, Geordan, Gabe, Kaden and Joe, were given the opportunity to learned from knowledge holders about various different types of traditional and modern medicinal plants. They each wrote a short blog post about what they learned about these plants!Read More
July has been a whirlwind! At the beginning of July, we hired four high school students as Oshkwazin Youth Ambassadors. As they reach the mid-way point to their Summer, its about time we official introduce them. Read on to learn more about them and why they are proud to work as ambassadors for our TRACKS Oshkwazin program.Read More
My students learned that the land is important, and that they will need to take better care of it. They learned to not be fearful of the forest, and reach for their dreams. It was very enjoyable and informative not only for the kids but for me as well. They were actively engaged, and therefore learned a great deal. All the best to the people at TRACKS!
Science is fun! First Nation storytelling includes the first fruit of the season (strawberries) and important teachings such as love, forgiveness and honesty. I think the different perspectives presented drove the message home. I would like to see the other workshops- they all sounded amazing!
Our son loved the camp and each night came home with stories of what he had done that day. We noticed that he had hung cedar over the doors, as he took to heart and mind the teachings and related them to his personal life. For him to be affected in such a short time is phenomenal.
I was so impressed with the thoughtfulness and anti-oppressive approach to the camp. This is very unique- I hope you will share your approach with others who lead youth programming. The experience of being immersed in a community of exploration and dialogue was very valuable for my granddaughter. Thank you for the wonderful camp experience!