Indigenous Environmental Studies/Science at Trent University is an innovative and multidisciplinary program. It brings together principles of both Indigenous knowledge and Western science. 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
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
Environmental planning: for ecological and cultural sustainability.
International Environmental Network: sharing and creating innovative