Mission statement:

TRACKS is dedicated to educating young people to be able to address increasingly complex environmental issues by creating and delivering culturally relevant programming which combines Indigenous and western sciences. Through this programming, we aim to build stronger community through partnership with First Nations, school boards and other non-profits in the greater Peterborough area.

Program Intentions:

  1. To give youth the ability to relate Indigenous teachings and knowledge with Western scientific concepts. We aim to truly embody a “two-eyed” way of exploring, seeing and educating.
  2. To contribute to a continuous education stream which combines Indigenous and western science from the elementary to post-secondary level.
  3. To facilitate spaces where intergenerational knowledge and teachings can be shared.
  4. To empower all youth to be leaders in their schools, groups and communities regardless of their age, gender and background.
  5. To provide opportunities for youth to engage with the outdoor environment in a hands-on and interactive way.

TRACKS Outreach & Education

TRACKS Outreach & Education runs a wide variety of educational programs throughout the calendar year for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth ages 6-12. 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:

  • Create an awareness that Indigenous ecological knowledge is essential to comprehensive scientific approaches to environmental issues
  • Provide youth with culturally rich, science-based outdoor education
  • Help students understand the interconnectedness of all living things
  • Introduce youth to diverse knowledge systems and fields of study
  • Connect youth with strong, motivated and dynamic mentors
  • Encourage youth to think about math and science skills as valuable skills in achieving their future goals

Check out this video to learn more about our Outreach & Education program! Please email education@tracksprogram.ca to learn more about our Outreach and Education Program 

TRACKS Oshkwazin Youth Leadership Program

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

Please email oshkwazin@tracksprogram.ca to learn more about the Oshkwazin Indigenous Youth Leadership Program