“Travelling the Credit” is an exciting program being offered by Ecosource between June and October of 2017 for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth between the ages of 13 and 24. With the Credit River as a focal point, we will explore environmental stewardship alongside history and culture through a series of hands-on workshops led by Indigenous elders and traditional knowledge holders. To celebrate at the end of the workshop series, youth will plant a new community garden and lead walking and cycling tours of the Credit River to share their learnings with the community. The tours will be recorded as podcasts and uploaded to a digital map for online access.
A class of students from Holy Name of Mary College School gather for the City of Mississauga’s Earth Days Kick-off. The event was Ecosource’s first public announcement of “Travelling the Credit” program and highlighted a talk by educator, consultant, and Traditional Practitioner, Nancy Rowe, about the significance of water and the role of young women in stewardship.
“Travelling the Credit” bridges Ecosource’s main programming areas including sustainability, local food, water conservation and youth-adult partnerships. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, Ecosource is focusing on local environmental stewardship while contributing to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. “Travelling the Credit” centres Indigenous voices and perspectives, while increasing awareness of Indigenous history, and recognition of Indigenous peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions. The program also aims to build capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect.
Through this program, Ecosource hopes to empower the next generation of environmental stewards by:
– Engaging youth in dialogue about the history and environmental significance of the Credit River
– Providing leadership opportunities for youth to contribute to stewardship and reconciliation
– Providing a safe space for relationship building in the community
Program Schedule (Tentative)
• Youth Co-Led Collaborative Program Planning
• Workshops 1-4:
The Credit River and the New Credit First Nation
Watersheds, Stewardship and Climate Change
Water and the Role of Youth
Canoe Building and Storytelling
• Workshops 5-9:
Hike the Headwaters and Local Ecology
Local Ecology and Art-Making
Medicine Walk on the Credit River
Traditional Harvesting on the Credit River
Civic Engagement, Community Planning and the Credit Valley Trail
• Youth-led Tours + Podcast Creation
• Reconciliation Garden Design
• Sept 25: Great Lakes Water Walk
• Reconciliation Garden Installation
• Present Project Video at Ecosource’s Green Change Champion Awards
Public Tours Schedule
To request more information or sign up, please contact Program Coordinator Sarah Bale at email@example.com or (905) 274-6222 ext. 314
Indigenous Environmental Consultant, Kathleen Ryan describes the history of the Credit River and Indigenous Peoples of the region to girls from Holy Name of Mary College School at Erindale Park.
“Travelling the Credit” is generously supported by the Province of Ontario through the Ontario150 program. Le programme, “Travelling the Credit” est possible grâce au soutien de la province de l’Ontario, par le biais du programme Ontario150.