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FPHL Department team holding paddles and posing for a group photo in the FPHL Gathering Space



Our Spaces

First Peoples Gathering Space (GCS102)

In the Ernest and Florence Benedict Room, also known as the First Peoples Gathering Space, students study and take part in an array of activities including ceremonies, socials and workshops. This hub of activity is a bright and comfortable space, where all are welcome. 


NOZHEM: First Peoples Performance Space (GCS101)

Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space is a one-o fa- kind venue designed to allow the audience to interact with artists and performers. Unlike a traditional Western theatre, the space is designed to host ceremonies and to nurture Indigenous oral tradition, language and knowledge. The space also serves as the summer home to the Centre for Indigenous Theatre from Toronto. 


First Peoples Traditional Area – Tipi and Lodge

Trent University has a sweat lodge at the Peterborough campus and a tipi at both the Peterborough and Durham GTA campuses, which serve as space for students to learn about ceremony and cultural teachings. The tipis also act as classroom space. Students are greeted by volunteer fire keepers who are trained in cultural protocol, safety, and are ambassadors for the space. Students are also welcome to bring a cup of coffee and lunch, socialize, or find some peace and quiet.