Trent University Indigenous Studies Department

The Indigenous Studies Department is the oldest of its kind in Canada, beginning in 1974 as the Department of Indian and Eskimo Studies. Within the department, courses, diplomas, and degrees are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, which help students to understand who they are and what it means to be Canadian, while providing students with the opportunity to begin to understand Indigenous cultures and worldviews, and the issues facing Indigenous communities in Canada and societies across the world.

The department also hosts events and learning opportunities throughout the academic year which are open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, and members of the wider community. These include Indigenous performance initiatives, the annual Elder’s and Traditional Peoples Gathering and Indigenous Women’s Symposium, as well as weekly traditional teachings.


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