It is my pleasure to welcome you to Catharine Parr Traill College! Situated near a traditional Indigenous portage connecting Chemong Lake and Little Lake, this space has been a hub of communication and of the exchange of goods and ideas for over a millennium. Today, we acknowledge that we are on the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg and it is with gratitude that we continue to exchange ideas and learn in this space.
Traill College is where Trent University began in 1964, and it originally was envisaged as an all-women's space designed to empower and give voice to those who had been marginalized. Today, it is fully co-educational. However, at its soul the College is still animated by the ideal that higher education should empower and offer opportunities regardless of gender, race, or beliefs. Our students pursue various degrees and almost all disciplines of study… and that's the point! A university college is a safe and diverse space that brings people together to advance their learning and encourage enriching social connections outside of the classroom.
Colleges are physical spaces, but they are also communities that transcend place. Many Trent grads still consider themselves part of their College and maintain the friendships that they made at Traill years ago. Today, no matter where you are, you are part of the Traill community, and we will try our best this fall to maintain that connection.
On behalf of the entire College staff, we look forward to meeting you. Here's to a great year!
Dr. Michael Eamon
705.748.1011 ex. 6218