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.
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.