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Chanie Wenjack School

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

Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Think Differently. Think Indigenous. Think Trent.

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. 

We acknowledge that the land on which Trent is located is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory and in the territory covered by Treaty 20 and the Williams Treaties.

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.