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First Peoples House of Learning

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

My mother used to say: ‘What are you going to tell the creator when you leave this world and answer him what have you done for your community?”

Dr. Shirley Williams, Elder and Professor Emeritus

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.

About First Peoples House of Learning

The First Peoples House of Learning is the home of Indigenous student services and Indigenous campus and community initiatives at Trent University. Our services are for all Trent University students, faculty and staff at both the Peterborough campus and Durham campus.

Located on the Traditional Territories of the Anishinaabe and Algonquin Peoples, First Peoples House of Learning is excited to welcome both new and returning students to Trent's Peterborough and Oshawa campuses. As you prepare for a successful and exciting academic year make FPHL a part of your success plan by taking the time to stop by and see us. Our offices are located on the 3rd floor of Gzowski College within the building called "Enweying", which means "the way we speak together," in Anishnaabemowin.

In the spirit of working and speaking together, First Peoples House of Learning works closely with local First Nation communities through our Aboriginal Education Council and local community service agencies. We also work with all Trent University student supports, administrative and academic departments to support you in your academic success.

As you navigate the First Peoples House of Learning website, you'll find that the core of FPHL is supporting student success through academic and personal services. Keep looking and you'll find that we are also creating a community that is knowledgeable, welcoming and supportive for all students, staff,and faculty at both Trent University campuses.

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