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School of Education

Indigenous B.Ed.


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Vision Statement

Trent University respectfully acknowledges it is located on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. We offer our gratitude to First Peoples for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations.

We foster an environment where Indigenous/First Nation, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) knowledges and cultures are respected and recognized as a valid means by which to understand the world. We aim to increase our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world around us while seeking peace through the use of our minds, hearts, and spirits.  

Dan Longboat teaching to a circle of students sitting in the Gathering SpaceThe physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of Indigenous/FNMI peoples are considered in all courses and programming, as are communities’ experiences and issues in rural and urban settings, and in national and international contexts.  Respecting the diversity and uniqueness of individuals stands at the forefront of our goal to empower the person through developing strength of one’s sense-of-self and self-identity, thereby becoming confident contributors both in educational settings and all of society.

Course work offered in the Program incorporates theory and research that informs practice.  Our teaching and learning environment encourages Indigenous Teacher Candidates to think creatively and critically about their own professional practice with attention to meeting learners’ needs, valuing multiple modes of learning and diversity, and enacting practice that is committed to social and ecological justice.


Transfer Credits
Agreement With Diploma Completed Transfer Credits Assigned Additional Credits Required Campus Location

Confederation College

Aboriginal Community Advocacy Diploma (2 years) 5 credits (1 year) 20 credits (4 years) Peterborough
Fleming College General Arts and Science University Transfer Program (1 year) 4 credits (1 year) 21 credits (4 years) Peterborough
Georgian College

Anishnaabemowin Language Programming Diploma (2 years)

Aboriginal Community and Social Development

5 credits (1 year) 20 credits (4 years) Peterborough
Humber College Indigenous Knowledge Certificate 2.5 credits (0.5 year) 22.5 credits (4.5 years) Peterborough
Sault College Anishnaabemowin Certificate (1 year) 5 credits (1 year) 20 credits (4 years) Peterborough



Why Trent?

  • open to students who self-identify as having Indigenous ancestry
  • leads to licensing by the Ontario College of Teachers
  • prepares teacher candidates to teach effectively in urban, rural, First Nations communities & globally
  • selected courses online

Program Model

Our program model is based upon the four dimensions of the medicine circle: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. We aim to build good relationships between the land, the university and our students.

Conceptual Framework Principles for the Concurrent Bachelor of Education – Indigenous program

1. Effective Indigenous teachers ensure a holistic pedagogical approach that increases our understanding of ourselves, each other, the world around us, and the environment; seeking peace while forwarding social and ecological justice.

2. Effective teaching is based on sound Indigenous educational theory and research that is rigorous, respectful, and follows Indigenous protocol.

3. Effective Indigenous education is a partnership activity, connecting inter-generational learning and community involvement.

4. Indigenous teaching and learning are interactive processes that involve meaningful and respectful engagement of learners, teachers, Elders, and other knowledge keepers.

5. Communities of learners support identity formation, a sense of belonging, and sense of community, while engaged in lifelong learning.

6. Effective Indigenous teaching fosters creative thinking, critical reflection, in-depth subject knowledge, and critical engagement.

7. Effective Indigenous learning and teaching are guided by on-going meaningful feedback based on circular visioning that encourages teachers to think creatively and critically about their professional practice.

8. Effective Indigenous teachers engage in critically reflective practice, guided by Elders and educationists, and the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers.


Program Information
Dr. Nicole Bell  |  nicolebell@trentu.ca

Indigenous Education Academic Counsellor
Stanley "Bobby" Henry  |  shenry@trentu.ca