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FPHL Department team sitting on a tree outside on a summer day.



First Peoples House of Learning

Aniin, She:kon, Wachay, Boozhoo, Koolamaalsii, Welcome!

Land Acknowlgement:

Trent University is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishnaabe in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty.

For more than 50 years, Trent has incorporated traditional teachings and perspectives into its curricular and extra-curricular programming. In fact, Trent’s ground-breaking leadership in Indigenous Studies dates back to our beginnings, when we became the first university in Canada, and only the second in North America, to establish an academic department dedicated to the study of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledges. It’s just one of the ways we think differently, and inspire our students to do the same. We invite you to explore our history of leadership, and join our extraordinary community of scholars to continue this legacy and make a difference in our world.

Vision Statement:

The First Peoples House of Learning (FPHL) is honoured to offer cultural services to a diverse community of Indigenous learners (First Nations Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit). We collaborate with students to support their academic success, personal growth and leadership potential.

FPHL embodies the Indigenous worldview of education as a ceremony of learning. We nurture a community that recognizes the voices and spirits of our students.