My name is Keeley and I am working with TRACKS as an Educational Instructor this summer! I am Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe as a citizen of Hiawatha First Nation. I am entering my final year of the Indigenous Bachelor of Education program at Trent University. In the program, my undergraduate studies focused on Indigenous Studies and Biology which gave me the opportunity to learn about multiple ways of knowing. I am passionate about education and am looking forward to spending lots of time outdoors to share programming with youth this summer! I am also excited to spend time at and learn in the new TRACKS Tipi space!
I recently completed a placement with TRACKS for the Bachelor of Education program which was a very fulfilling learning experience. I was able to work with the TRACKS team to deliver programming about ecosystems and the importance of balance. I have always enjoyed spending time outdoors, through sports and other activities. I also enjoy going for walks and observing the species that live in this area. This summer, I am looking forward to continuing to learn about the natural world from the TRACKS team and from the youth that we work with. For example, during my placement we as a team went for a walk in the Trent Nature Areas. I really enjoyed the knowledge-sharing that occurred about the plants along the trails and how they contribute to the larger ecosystem.
Being in the Indigenous Bachelor of Education program has given me opportunities to develop science lessons and activities that honour Indigenous ways of knowing. I also enjoy incorporating Anishinaabemowin as much as possible in the classroom and beyond. I am passionate about these learning opportunities and am looking forward to delivering programming on the land that honours Indigenous ways of knowing!