As a cultural advisor and Indigenous counsellor with First Peoples House of Learning (FPHL), Betty Carr-Braint seems to have boundless energy to dedicate to the diverse portfolio of programs and services that she offers to our Trent community. She reflects on her role noting:
“I believe my work is a work of the heart. And I think its important work when we’re all in an institution that focuses on the intellect – we need heart, too. And I’m proud to carry that forward.”
Ms. Carr-Braint provides counselling support and traditional cultural experiences for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students while also working with Elders to provide support and teachings across all degree programs. Ms. Carr-Braint coordinates the Traditional Area, which includes a sweat lodge, wigwam, tipi, and medicine garden, where FPHL hosts social fires, elder talks, and special programming open to all departments. Ms. Carr-Braint is the lead organizer for Trent’s annual Elder’s Gathering and this past term, she along with her colleagues undertook a ground-breaking initiative to offer the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to all first year students. Ms. Carr-Braint is inspired by the opportunity to help students remember who they are through ceremony, time on the land, and heart-centered learning. She continues to be a passionate advocate for Indigenous knowledges and equity, as well as personal and inter-personal healing here at Trent.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of events and opportunities to celebrate and further enhance the outstanding teaching and learning at Trent University. Betty Carr-Braint is part of the Centre for Teaching and Learning series showcasing faculty, staff and students who inspire and enhance excellent teaching and learning. Watch for upcoming showcases featuring faculty, staff and students contributing to exceptional teaching and learning here at Trent.