Anishnaabeg Nibwaakaawin Indigenous Principles
Trent’s commitment to meaningful engagement, collaboration, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is reflected in a set of core principles developed to incorporate the collective Anishnaabeg Nibwaakaawin (wisdom) of Michi Saagiig First Nations, Indigenous students, faculty, and staff into the Trent Lands Plan.
Collaboration and Reconciliation
A continued commitment to working with the Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers Council and the Mich Saagiig Consultation Liaisons table to inform decision making around the Trent Lands and Nature Areas.
Ceremony and Cultural Protocols
The Trent Lands and Nature Areas are a place where Indigenous ceremony and cultural protocols are accessible and respected. Trent is committed to learning from Indigenous perspectives and worldviews.
Traditional and Ceremonial Lands
Trent University is committed to working with the Michi Saagiig, Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, and willing Indigenous partners to explore locations and funding opportunities for additional Indigenous spaces and facilities on Trent lands.
Indigenous Traditional Knowledge
Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is an important consideration for decision-making activities with regards to the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan and will be considered alongside western environmental science.
Indigenous Commemoration and Placemaking
Trent is committed to advancing the concept of Indigenous placemaking—facilitating the design of unique, iconic spaces for learning, teaching, exchange, and cultural and spiritual expression.
Trent will continue to collaborate with the Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers Council and the Mich Saagiig Consultation Liaisons table to develop ways to monitor and enhance the health of the natural environment.