Pathfinder: Indigenous Youth Program

We are still offering Pathfinder 2020 this year! 

Due to the on-going COVID-19 restrictions, we’re unable to physically host our annual summer experience on-campus. Instead we will be offering a virtual opportunity for youth 16 – 21 to participate in an introduction to post-secondary education with online workshops and teachings centered around Indigenous culture.

Pathfinder will be delivered through virtual Zoom Conferencing and Microsoft Teams and additional materials will be provided for hands on activities for the sessions. 

Pathfinder workshops will be spread out over a two-week period during August 10 – 21.

Stay turned for details regarding the application process and programming. 

If you have any questions about the Summer of 2020 programming, please email iess [at] 

What is Pathfinder?

Pathfinder is a summer program for Indigenous students meant to de-mystify post-secondary education, and is focused on Indigenous culture, identity, leadership skills, and pathways into post-secondary. 

What programming takes place? 

In past years, students have gathered at Mohawk College to participate in the land-based learning opportunity and been able to earn a dual credit or college credit depending on the time of year and activities. Past activities have included resume and portfolio building, career exploration, guest speakers, offsite trips, overnight excursions, ceremony with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and college program engagement. 

How has the program evolved? 

The program has went through a number of variations - this past year we engaged with students aged 18 - 21 for an opportunity to spend one week at Mohawk College and one week in Vancouver, British Columbia, earning a Mohawk College Credit through experiential and practical learning. After the week in Vancouver, students spent 2 additional days at Mohawk College to complete the program.

For the first time, we recently offered a Winter Pathfinder experience focused on program exploration, leaderships, Indigenous culture, and portfolio building. 

For questions, please contact amanda.aitchison2 [at] 

Mohawk students gathered at the Hoop Dance