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Date posted: September 16, 2002

Ceremony Introduces Students to First Nation Traditions

On September 12, 2002, the Department of Native Studies at Trent University held a welcome ceremony for all Native Studies students. This ceremony also marked the move of the department's tee pee, which was previously located on the lawn between Otonabee College and the river, on the construction site for the new science facility and the First People's House of Learning.

The tee pee is now located behind Otonabee College, overlooking fields and natural habitat. It will be used in various ceremonies throughout the year, and will also serve in a teaching capacity to help students better understand First Nations' cultures.

Elders Doug Williams and Edna Manitowabi spoke to the large gathering of students, who formed a circle for the welcome ceremony and were given the opportunity to make an offering of tobacco.


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