This is a call to those who believe that Indigenous knowledge, cultures, languages, and lands should be celebrated and respected.

At Trent, we believe that in order to achieve reconciliation, we need to deepen our understanding of the land, value the importance of Indigenous teachings and learnings, and amplify Indigenous voices across our campus, throughout our communities and around the world.  

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Groundbreaking Leadership in Indigenous Resurgence

Trent is renowned as a leader in Indigenous education. With deep roots in reconciliation, Trent incorporates the teachings and perspectives of Elders and cultural leaders into our academic and extracurricular programming.

Social and sacred fires in the tipi, visits to the medicine garden, learning on the land, and walks with faculty and Elders are an integral part of the Trent experience for every student. 

With your support, we can establish new spaces where Indigenous ceremony and cultural protocols are accessible and respected and create opportunities to revitalize Indigenous culture and languages.  

Your investment will support cultural spaces such as a new contemporary roundhouse, a traditional teaching lodge, and traditional medicine and food gardens. 

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"Indigenous spaces at Trent University are crucial because community and culture are major parts of who we are as Indigenous peoples and having appropriate spaces for us to freely exercise our identities and connect with each other is essential to our success."

Zhaawnong Webb   
Indigenous Studies student

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Momentous Supports, Mentorship and Cultural Engagement

It’s Monday night at the First Peoples House of Learning (FPHL) and students are huddled together at tables.

Having just finished a hot meal, they’re now prepping for quizzes and going over essays. It may not appear that anything special is happening, but for those who know, it’s a powerful moment indeed.  

These students, taking part in the Ishkodehwin Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program, are finding a home away from home. They’re helping to build a community.

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