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.
TRACKS Oshkwazin is a leadership program for Indigenous high school aged youth, providing them with valuable training and leadership development opportunities.
In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are partnering with the Canadian Canoe Museum and the Metis Nation of Ontario to offer a unique visit experience for grade 4-8 students.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!
We are very excited to open registration for our 2019 Summer Camp sessions to be held at Trent University! WAITLIST SIGN UP ONLY FOR ALL SESSIONS.Learn More
This Summer, TRACKS is piloting its first ever camp specifically for 12-14 year olds! Sign up your young teen camper for a week of exploring the intersections between Indigenous and Western science, learning from the land and experiencing Indigenous cultural activities.Learn More
After a full month of delivering outstanding school programming, our staff are gearing up for Summer camp programs and we figured its about time for introductions.Read More
TRACKS was recognized by Trent University for receiving a total of $125,000 from NSERC over the course of three years. Read the article to learn more about how this funding will support TRACKS activities!Read More
As we transition from the school year into the Summer, we are also transitioning our staff teams. Jessica Frappier spent the Winter semester working with TRACKS Oshkwazin, and as she moves on to other exciting opportunities this Summer, she reflects on her experience working with Oshkwazin. Read her blog here!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!