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.
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!
Sign your camper up to join us for the second last PA Day of the school year on June 5th!Learn More
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
On May 23rd, TRACKS Oshkwazin will be holding it's first End of Year Land-Based Storytelling Panel. Open to all high school aged Indigenous youth in Peterborough and surrounding area.Learn More
TRACKS Oshkwazin will be hiring up to four Indigenous high school students for Summer positions. Read on to learn more about how to apply to be an Oshkwazin Youth Ambassador this Summer!Learn 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
Greenup's Water Programs Manager, Heather Ray, wrote an article prior to World Water Day which features TRACKS' and Greenup's partnership on the issue of clean safe drinking water for all and a WWD twitter contest.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!