TRACKS Youth Program

TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science

What is TRACKS?


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

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 Indigenous Youth Leadership

TRACKS Oshkwazin is a leadership program for Indigenous high school aged youth, providing them with valuable training and leadership development opportunities.

For Teachers:


Book one of our standard workshops

Click below for descriptions of workshops we typically run for schools and camp programs.

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!

Blog & Media


  • 04/11/2019 02:23 PM

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.

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  • 19/09/2019 11:53 AM

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!

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  • 14/08/2019 11:55 AM

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!

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  • 02/08/2019 10:39 AM

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.

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Actua Network


​TRACKS is a proud member of Actua. Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 225,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua to learn more. ​
Actua Network

Kawartha World Issues Centre


TRACKS is supported by the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC). KWIC is a charitable Global Education and Resource Centre which promotes dialogue and understanding of world issues to enable people to engage in positive social and environmental change. Since 1989, KWIC has served Peterborough and the Kawartha region by organizing educational events and workshops, animating youth-led initiatives, facilitating working groups, supporting community research projects, internships and placements and sharing resources. Please visit KWIC to learn more.
Kawartha World Issues Centre

Contact


  • 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON, Canada, K9L 0G2
  • Trent University C/O Indigenous Studies

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