TRACKS Youth Program

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TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) is an educational program that provides hands-on experiences for youth interested in the intersections of Indigenous and western sciences. TRACKS is hosted by Trent University within the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences Program (IESS) and operates in partnership with KWIC and the First People's House of Learning on Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg territory. TRACKS consists of two distinct and connected programs offering workshops and educational programming: 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 ages 6-12 on topics such as Manoomin (wild rice); biodiversity and Indigenous knowledge; The Three Sisters; and Turtles. 

 

For more information about current workshop offerings, please visit the Tracks website at https://www.tracksprogram.ca. (Please note that not all workshops are offered at all times.)

 

Previous examples of workshops include:

Manoomin (Wild Rice)

This workshop will walk participants through some of the history of manoomin (wild rice) in this territory, the science behind the ecosystems it supports and information about how manoomin is harvested.

 

Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge

How and why do Indigenous-managed spaces host some of the highest rates of biodiversity in the world? This workshop will invite us to closely observe the natural spaces that surround us daily. We will discuss why ecosystems thrive when land is under the protection of Indigenous peoples and why this is so important in today's world.

 

The Three Sisters

Join us to learn about corn, beans and squash and the lesser known fourth sister, sunflowers! How do these plants work together and why are they called sisters at all? In this workshop we will discuss soil science, the importance of the harvest season and share a story about why it’s so important to give back to the land.

 

Turtles

In this workshop you’ll learn about the different species of turtles in Ontario and what makes each of them so important for the ecosystems they care for. Hear from Wendy Baggs at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre who will tell you about her work with turtles and how they contribute to biodiverse environments!

 

For more information about current workshop offerings, please visit the Tracks website at https://www.tracksprogram.ca. (Please note that not all workshops are offered at all times.)

 

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