TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) is an educational program based on Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg territory. We are hosted by Trent University within the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS), and operates in partnership with founding partner organization Kawartha World Issues Centre and the First Peoples House of Learning. TRACKS consists of two distinct and connected programs: Education and Oshkwazin Indigenous Youth Leadership.

Purpose 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.

Education provides hands-on education experiences for non-Indigenous and Indigenous youth interested in the intersections of Indigenous and Western Sciences. 

TRACKS Oshkwazin Indigenous Youth Leadership provides a dedicated space for Indigenous high school-aged youth to gain valuable cultural experiences, training and leadership development opportunities. TRACKS Oshkwazin is currently funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunities Fund. 

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 Sciences 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.

6. To strengthen communities through partnerships with First Nations, school boards and other non-profits in the greater Peterborough area.