Student & Employee Resources
Trent University has been an academic leader in Indigenous Studies since 1969. To ensure this leadership is also reflected in our institutional practices, in response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report, to support Indigenous students success, and with the goal to build trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous people and communities guided by the four principles of recognition, respect, sharing, and responsibility, Trent University’s Board of Governors approved a series of initiatives. These resources are designed to provide support for faculty, staff, and students in learning about the treaty and traditional territory on which Trent is located, and in engaging with reconciliation during their time at Trent.
Trent University, in Peterborough and Durham, is located on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga (Michi Saagiig) Anishnaabeg, which is made up of Curve Lake First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation, and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. A land acknowledgement recognizes the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples and is an appropriate way to show respect to Indigenous people of the region, their ancestors, and communities. It recognizes the significance of the land and our individual relationships with the land.
A smudging ceremony uses various medicines such as sage to create a cleansing smoke that is meant to heal the mind, body and spirit. Smudging occurs often at Trent University, and you are encouraged to participate when you have the opportunity.