Stories about Land, Water and Food Stewardship
Travelling the Credit was a program offered by Ecosource between June and October of 2017 for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth of ages 12 to 24. With the Credit River as a focal point, youth explored environmental stewardship alongside history and culture through a series of hands-on workshops led by Indigenous elders and traditional knowledge holders. To celebrate the end of the workshop series, youth planted a new community garden and lead walking and cycling tours of the Credit River to share their learnings with the community. These program activities are showcased on an online story map.
Travelling the Credit bridged 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 centred Indigenous voices and perspectives, while increasing awareness of Indigenous history, and recognition of Indigenous peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions. The program aimed to build capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Through this program, Ecosource hoped 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
Ecosource is happy to announce the Travelling The Credit program was awarded the Heritage Youth Award at The Credits 2017, an awards ceremony hosted by Heritage Mississauga.
Ecosource Acting Executive Director Andrea Dawber (middle left) and Travelling the Credit program coordinator Sarah Bale (middle right) accepting the Heritage Youth Award at The Credits 2017 with Mississauga Central Lions Manny Castellino (far left) and Jeffrey Friedman (far right).
To request more information about the program, please contact Kelven Goodridge, Sustainability Education Centre Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Travelling the Credit” was generously supported by the Province of Ontario through the Ontario150 program. Le programme “Travelling the Credit” était possible grâce au soutien de la province de l’Ontario, par le biais du programme Ontario150.