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Chanie Wenjack School

Gowski College in the moonlight from across the Otonabee river
for Indigenous Studies

Chanie Wenjack School

Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Challenge the Way You Think. Think Indigenous. Think Trent.

Thursday June 21 the Wenjack School will be closed for the day as we join the community in celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

Please feel free to join us at the Petroglyph Park north of Burleigh Falls for the annual Prayers for Peace and Unity which are the outcome of the teachings shared by the White Buffalo Calf Woman and have resulted in June 21st being designated as the National Day to Celebrate Indigenaeity! 

Please arrive before 11:30 a.m., bring a contribution to the pot luck feast and women, please wear skirts.  No pets please as this is a ceremony and we don't want you to leave your best friends in the car of course. 

For more than 50 years, Trent has incorporated traditional teachings and perspectives into its curricular and extra-curricular programming. In fact, Trent’s groundbreaking 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. 

Our Leadership in Indigenous Studies: An Interactive Timeline

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.