Kelly King, Outreach and Education Coordinator; Kristin Muskratt, Oshkwazin Coordinator; Madi Laurin, Operations Coordinator

TRACKS Youth Program

Kelly King is the TRACKS Outreach and Education Coordinator. She is in charge of all outreach and education programming including summer camps, in-school workshops, PA day programming, tabling and more. Kelly King 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 is the TRACKS Oshkwazin Youth Leadership development program, TRACKS' newest initiative providing leadership opportunities to high-school aged Indigenous youth. Kristin Muskratt 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 is the TRACKS Operations Coordinator. She is working to support both TRACKS programs in all aspects of administration, fundraising and development. Madison Laurin 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.

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Critical Thinking Questions

  • Is this what real stewardship looks like in the 21st Century?
  • To find solutions that will work for all peoples, do we need to bridge culture and science to be good stewards? Or is there a risk in coupling land and people, social justice and the environment, science and social science?
  • What happens when different cultural approaches clash?
  • Can we reconcile differing ideas and differing cultural perspectives?
  • How will you define the word 'stewardship'?

More on TRACKS

Read articles about TRACKS: TRACKS Youth Program Carving Path for Innovative Environmental Education, Award led to $25K grant for Peterborough’s TRACKS

Favourite Book: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Favourite Documentary: Earth: Seen From the Heart

Favourite Program: We love the Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) program based here in Peterborough and have worked with them over the last couple of years, delivering some programs for them. It's an incredible high school programs that supports youth with their learning about the environment and how to be future leaders in this work.