The TRACKS (Trent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge & Science) Youth Program was recognized for its work with InSTEM (Indigenous Science Technology Engineering and Math) mentors during a virtual awards ceremony during the 2021 Actua National Conference on Wednesday.

Actua is a network organization that proudly represents and supports 43 members of the university and college network. These organizations embody Actua’s commitment to engage all youth in Canada in STEM and to break down barriers to youth participation in STEM education and careers. The TRACKS youth program has been a member of the Actua network since 2018.

The Actua Mentorship Award recognizes the network member organization that makes an outstanding contribution to the national mentorship program by engaging a diversity of mentors, including mentors in Actua’s national programs to break down barriers and by promoting mentorship as a key part of raising awareness through exciting activities, training and media. .

In 2021, TRACKS connected with over 8,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 18 through virtual camps, workshops, outreach and remote activities inspired by InSTEM.

“One of the intentions of the TRACKS program is to facilitate spaces where cross-generational knowledge can be shared and mentoring relationships can be nurtured,” said Chris Furgal, member of the TRACKS leadership team. “For this to happen, it is essential that program staff and participants have access to opportunities to build relationships with Indigenous Elders, knowledge holders and other community members who embody the values and knowledge on which TRACKS was founded and to learn from them. »

Youth, families and educators interested in participating in TRACKS programming can learn more by visiting www.tracksprogram.ca or emailing [email protected]

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