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 Department (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. Outreach activities, in-school workshops and PA-day camps make up our school-year programming schedule. TRACKS also develops curriculum to share with other organizations, offering take-home resources and training opportunities for teachers and educators. Throughout the summer, TRACKS continues its outreach activities and workshops, while also providing week-long summer day camps. All of our programming is fun, hands-on, experiential, and combines Indigenous and Western scientific principles.
Through our Outreach & Education programming, TRACKS aims to:
TRACKS Oshkwazin is a leadership program for Indigenous high school aged youth. Inspired by the mandate of IESS program, TRACKS Oshkwazin aims to empower Indigenous youth to utilize their traditional ecological knowledge to pursue careers in E-STEM fields. Oshkwazin provides a place for Indigenous youth to meet, discuss issues that matter to them, improve team building, gain volunteer experience, receive traditional teachings and learn about Indigenous issues.
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Outreach & Education Coordinator
Kelly King has joined TRACKS as the Outreach and Education Coordinator. She is in charge of all outreach and education programming including summer camps, in-school workshops, PA day programming, tabling and more.
Kristin Muskratt is excited to join the TRACKS team as the Oshkwazin Coordinator. Oshkwazin is TRACKS' newest initiative providing youth leadership development opportunities to high-school aged Indigenous youth.
Madison Laurin has joined TRACKS as the Operations Coordinator, working to support the TRACKS Outreach and Education Program as well as the Oshkwazin Program. Contact her with inquiries regarding any of the TRACKS programming.
|One workshop||90 minutes / 1.5 hours||$150|
|Two workshops||180 minutes / 3 hours / half-day||$250|
|Three workshops||270 minutes / 4.5 hours / full-day||$375|
Please note: Prices above are based on a standard workshop at Trent University. Prices will be adjusted based on size of group, travel, access to Knowledge Holders and materials required. All prices above are based on each single workshop being 1.5 hours. We are flexible with the timing of workshops and happy to accommodate your schedule. A full-day of programming is the equivalent of 4.5 hours of active programming, with a half-hour lunchbreak.
Please contact us for a quote specific to your request.
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!
TRACKS is a member of Actua, a National STEM network of 26 universities and colleges across Canada. Each Fall, Actua holds a meeting which gives the Directors of network members the opportunity to meet with one another, debrief on our busy Summers, and gear-up for the New Year ahead. Read on to hear about TRACKS's experience at this year's Fall Directors Meeting.Read More
TRACKS Oshkwazin is a new youth leadership initiative run through TRACKS Youth Program. For two months this Summer, Oshkwazin spent time laying a foundation for the program. This past week, Oshkwazin held its first two youth group meetings which went great thanks to all the planning that happened this Summer. Read on to learn about all the work and inspiration that went into Oshkwazin's development and planning this Summer!Read More
Oshkwazin staff were fortunate enough to attend the Intertribal Food Sovereignty Summit at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Reservation in Connecticut. This conference was a week long and full of incredible learning opportunities, delicious food and great company. Some of the theme highlights were food system change, decolonizing your diet, tribal farms, seed saving, food sovereignty initiatives and a feast that was prepared by Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman. Read on for Amber Pitawanakwat's refection on what she learned at these sessions!Read More
TRACKS Youth Program came back strong this summer. After a bit of a hiatus and the hiring of fantastic new coordinator staff, this program returned to deliver critical programming to youth across North Central Ontario. Allow staff member Alex Roper to take you on a journey through our summer together!Read More