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Indigenous Studies Welcomes All to the Tipi!
January 1, 2007

The Indigenous Studies department is pleased to announce the opening of the tipi for the 2007 winter session. Located in a clearing just past the Gzowski College parking lot, the tipi, with a trail of smoke gently curling from the chimney flaps, and the sound of relaxed conversation punctuated by the crackle of a warm fire, entices passers-by with the promise of a peaceful escape from the cooler weather outside.

The tipi is a place where people can come to feel comfortable, to talk, to learn and to listen, says Indigenous Studies Cultural Advisor Vern Douglas, the driving force behind the concept. We felt that the tipi would be a good alternative where people can go to relax.

Heralded as a place for both Natives and non-Natives at Trent to enjoy warmth in an environment free of argument, the tipi, says Mr. Douglas, is the ideal place to build cultural understanding. The tipi is both a comfortable place as well as a ceremonial place.

As an example of the site’s significance, Mr. Douglas mentions that the tipi will be used for a Sunrise Ceremony during upcoming annual Elder’s Gathering, “Today and Tomorrow”, which will take place from February 16-18. He also points out that from Friday at midday until Sunday at noon, the tipi will be open to anyone and everyone.

The tipi will be open every Wednesday from January until May from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring a coffee, bring lunch, bring a friend!

Please note that Indigenous Studies also offers Winter Traditional Teachings on most Wednesdays, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gathering Space, Mshiikenh Room 103. Click here for more information.