Indigenous Environmental Studies/Science Program

Indigenous Environmental Studies/Science at Trent University is an innovative and multidisciplinary program. It brings together principles of both Indigenous knowledge and Western science through courses offered in the Indigenous Studies Program and through the Trent School of the Enironment as well as unique courses within the program. Instruction integrating these approaches will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills, including both critical and integrative thinking abilities, to begin to address the complex environmental problems facing Indigenous communities, governments, business, industry, research, and society in general. The foundation upon which the program is based recognizes both the strengths and limitations of any single perspective, and seeks to develop interactive and integrative thinking to address environmental, health, and social issues. Learning and problem-solving are focused on benefiting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities


Annual Report 2014-2015

Future Visions

With the unique nature of the Indigenous Environmental Studies program growth has been rapid. Starting as an Emphasis in 1999, it became a Specialization in 2002, and a degree granting program in 2009. Future growth is anticipated in undergraduate and graduate studies, and students will be offered opportunities to expand their studies into 5 key areas of knowledge:

  • Indigenous Foods and Medicines: growing, gathering and use.
  • Indigenous Peoples Health and the Environment: the relationship between local environment and community well-being.
  • Natural resource and ecological restoration: community development and remediation.
  • Environmental planning: for ecological and cultural sustainability.
  • International Environmental Network: sharing and creating innovative Indigenous solutions


Partially Supported by The Metcalf Foundation and The Aboriginal Education Council



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