Indigenous Spirit Journey

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The health, safety and well-being of our community members is very important to us. We regret to inform you that owing to the current situation with COVID-19,the Indigenous Spirit Journey Mentoring program has been postponed until further notice. For more information, please stay updated with the University’s COVID-19 page or contact us at

*Open for ALL UTM students looking to develop mentorship & facilitation skills.

Program Overview

Act as a mentor and provide positive life and career pathways for Indigenous high-school youth in the Peel Region with the Indigenous Spirit Journey (ISJ)!

Take part in an experiential journey involving land-based activities founded on Indigenous philosophical cultural teachings. Mentors will prepare strategies for their youth mentees, aimed at developing strong community leadership skills, an understanding of the importance of fostering inter-cultural inclusion, respect for diversity, connection to one’s own culture, and a deeper understanding of their role in the community. Mentors will also learn to identify outcomes and best practices in relation to several teaching components, including therapeutic horticulture, environmental education, leadership development and Indigenous cultural teachings to re-awaken intrinsic connections to the land.

Program Details

  • Participants will meet once a week for 12 weeks; you have the option of mentoring the Wednesday or Thursday cohort (i.e., if you mentor the Wednesday cohort, you attend each Wednesday)
    • Wednesdays Cohort, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Thursdays Cohort, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The ISJ will take place at The Riverwood Conservancy: 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga (major intersection is Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. at The Credit Woodlands).
  • A major portion of the program will take place outdoors weather permitting in a woodland setting.  
  • Participants will receive a notation on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR) upon completion of the program.

ISJ 2017-2018. Three photos depicting past year's program.

Program Requirements

We are looking for students open to growing from an experiential learning opportunity through an Indigenous "lens." Students shall bring a desire to further develop an inter-culture awareness and gain first-hand experience in cultural diversity.

Students interested in this program must be: 

  • Available to attend an orientation session on March 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at The Riverwood Conservancy: 4300 Riverwood Park Lane, Mississauga (major intersection is Burnhamthorpe Rd West at The Credit Woodlands). 
  • Willing to learn about Indigenous culture in situ.
  • Willing to work with youth from a position of compassion and empathy.
  • Willing to work under the guidance of a Traditional Indigenous Elder and Knowledge Keepers.

Student leaders in the ISJ program will be responsible for: 

  • Arriving on time and assisting in pre-setup/prep for each session.
  • Guiding and monitoring youth in outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Assisting with light-weight equipment used in science components of lessons.
  • Assisting youth collect simple photos for journals.
  • Assisting in simple evaluation and assessment pieces.
  • Writing and submitting reflections to ISJ facilitators.

Vulnerable Sector Check

To participate in the Indigenous Spirit Journey (ISJ) program, mentors will be asked to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check. For more information on Vulnerable Sector Checks, please click here. 


For all questions and feedback regarding the Indigenous Spirit Journey (ISJ) program, please contact:

Martin Kengo
Community Engagement Coordinator, Access & Outreach

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