Trent University takes great pride in its legacy of leadership and relationships with Indigenous people and communities. In partnership with the City of Peterborough and under the leadership of the First Peoples House of Learning, the University developed an Indigenous consultation plan to help guide and inform the developments on the Trent Research & Innovation Park.
A working group was formed under the leadership of Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director, First Peoples House of Learning, and Dr. Neil Emery, vice-president, Research & Innovation. Group members included:
- Dr. Asaf Zohar, director, Sustainability Studies Graduate Program
- Professor David Newhouse, chair, Indigenous Studies
- John Knight, manager, Corporate Research Partnerships
- Ashley Horne, Innovations Administrative Coordinator
- Marisol Campos Navarrete, Sustainability Studies M.A. Candidate
During July and August 2017, the Trent delegation met with representatives from Curve Lake First Nation, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte-Tyendinaga, Hiawatha First Nation, Alderville First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, the Peterborough & District Metis Council + Metis Nation of Ontario, and the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre. The Chippewas of Rama First Nation respectfully declined the meeting request due to distant proximity to the land. Following the individual Community meetings, Trent hosted a Symposium on September 15 attended by local Indigenous Community leaders, including Chiefs; City of Peterborough administration; University administration, including members of the Board of Governors; Brook McIlroy and Noblegen Inc.