The Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science (TRACKS) Program was developed in the spring of 2010, under the direction of a small group of interested students, professors and community members involved with the Indigenous Environmental Studies (IES) Program at Trent University. The reason for its inception, was a strong belief amongst these individuals in the importance of the work accomplished by the IES program, and the sense that students of a much younger age would benefit tremendously from access to programming that brings together multiple ways of seeing and understanding the world – specifically focusing on the central theme of the IES program, that brings together Traditional/Indigenous Knowledge and science.
In 2012 TRACKS embarked on its first season of active program under the umbrella of the Kawartha World Issues Centre and in partnership with Hiawatha, Curve Lake, and Alderville First Nations. Since then the program has added Scugog First Nation to its list of partners, worked closely with Niijkiwendidaa Anishinaabekwewag Services Circle and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, and collaborated with countless other community organizations.
The TRACKS Coordinators:
Kelly King, Outreach & Education Coordinator
Kelly King has joined TRACKS as the Outreach and Education Coordinator. Kelly is a settler living in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Her maternal ancestral roots come from Scotland and England and her paternal ancestral roots come from Poland and Latvia. A recent graduate from York University’s Masters of Environmental Studies program, Kelly’s research focused on ways in which to discuss Indigenous histories of Toronto, as well as settler identities, through community arts practices. Kelly is passionate about creating spaces to engage youth on topics such as Indigenous rights, environmentalism and equity. Through popular educational methods and Indigenous approaches to learning, Kelly believes that by localizing our environmental perspectives, we can collectively make global differences.
Kristin Muskratt, Oshkwazin Coordinator
Kristin Muskratt is excited to join the TRACKS team as the new Oshkwazin Coordinator. She is an Anishinaabe-kwe from Curve Lake First Nation. She has past experience working as the Youth for Water program coordinator and currently sits on the advisory committee. Kristin is also an acting member of Sacred Water Circle, Trent Source Water Protection Committee, and Curve Lake First Nation’s Environment and Climate Change Committee. Kristin has a strong connection to Nibi (water) and is excited to continue in a role that promotes Indigenous youth leadership.
Madison Laurin, Operations Coordinator
Madison Laurin has joined TRACKS as the Operations Coordinator, working to support TRACKS Outreach and Education Programs as well as the Oshkwazin Program. Madison is a settler-Canadian; having grown up in Southern Alberta with a family of British, French, Hungarian and German descent, she moved to Toronto for her studies. As a transplant to Ontario, Madison is passionate about learning about the people and stories of this territory. Throughout her studies, Madison had been involved in research and advocacy work with indigenous groups in North and Central America; from Alberta to Hawai’i, Guatemala, Panama and Belize. As a recent graduate she is excited to continue this work of learning from and connecting with communities in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough and surrounding area with TRACKS.
TRACKS is generously supported by the following partners:
In 2018 TRACKS signed on as a member of the Actua network, Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization.