First Peoples House of Learning (Trent University)

at 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, K9J 7B8 Canada

We are the home of Trent University Indigenous student services, Indigenous cultural programs, Indigenous Initiatives and First Peoples advocacy on the Symons and Oshawa campuses.

First Peoples House of Learning (Trent University)
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough , ON K9J 7B8
Contact Phone
P: (705) 748-1011 x. 6331


The First Peoples House of Learning (FPHL) is the home of Indigenous Student Success Initiatives at Trent University. We are focused on creating an engaged learning community based on respect, relationships, and reciprocity based in Indigenous knowledges. FPHL provides Indigenous student services and events for all Trent University students, staff and faculty; however we encourage all communities to participate and to get involved with our events.

Opening time

  • Mondays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Tuesdays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Wednesdays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Thursdays: 08:30- 16:30
  • Fridays: 08:30- 16:30

General Info

FPHL Services: Counselling Cultural Advising Academic Advising Tutoring Advocacy Computer Access Naadimaagewin Program FPHL Events: Pine Tree Lectures Traditional TeachingsWorkshops Nozhem Theatre Productions Men’s & Women’s Circles Learning Circles Socials Lunches in the Gathering Place The Elders Gathering

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Sept 26th ~ Final date to submit grades for incomplete summer courses!

Published on 2014-09-24 17:25:01 GMT

Don't forget to come check out our Wednesday Night Teaching in the Gathering Space tonight from 6-8. Rick Beaver will be our visitor.

Published on 2014-09-24 16:34:03 GMT

Our Visiting Elder RICK BEAVER is hosting Office Hours today from 1030-1230. This is a great opportunity for students to get one on one time with this amazing knowledge holder. You don't need to book an appointment this is a drop in time slot.

Published on 2014-09-23 14:23:49 GMT

Health benefits opt out date Sept 24th!!!

Published on 2014-09-23 14:19:08 GMT

There is one spot open for the beading workshop, starting tomorrow evening! If you are interested please contact Shari at

Published on 2014-09-22 20:16:05 GMT

Final date to receive full tuition credit to your Student Account for dropped Fall or Fall/Winter courses is September 24, 2014.

Published on 2014-09-22 17:25:15 GMT

Final date to drop part time status without financial penalty!!

Published on 2014-09-22 17:00:51 GMT

Reminder! Sept 24 is the final date to change or add fall/winter courses on my trent.

Published on 2014-09-22 15:59:28 GMT

Curve Lake Pow Wow- Sept 20-21. Grand Entry @ Noon. Come to Gzowski College Office to register for the bus. Bus leaves 11 am in morning Saturday.

Published on 2014-09-18 19:26:02 GMT

Indigenous Studies - offers a job for 2 terms - leading INDG 1000Y tutorials. 2 tutorials, once a week, (Thursday 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.) as well as attend the lectures, (Weds 9:00 a.m. to 12:00) and weekly meeting with other TAs and Faculty. See attached posting for details, closing date for posting is Monday Sept 22 and you would start immediately. Open to upper year undergraduate students, CUPE 1 candidates or really, anyone who feels they would qualify. Send your cv and cover letter to David Newhouse CUPE 1 - BARGAINING UNIT POSITION RG Confirmed by Dean’s Office Emergency Posting in accordance with 5.05.03 (iv) of the Collective Agreement. Yes Pending Budgetary Approval POSTING #:14-605 DATE POSTED: Sept. 18, 2014 CLOSING DATE: Sept. 22, 2014 COURSE NUMBER: INDG 1000Y COURSE NAME: Intro to Indigenous Studies POSITION TITLE: Tutorial Leader (2 groups) DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Indigenous Studies CAMPUS LOCATION: Peterborough TERM OF APPOINTMENT: From: September 1, 2014 To: April 30, 2015 BASE STIPEND OR HOURLY RATE: $7187 + 4% vacation pay BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Include any significant variation in duties/responsibilities as outlined in Article 5.04 of Collective Agreement. Leading two seminars including discussion, preparation of lecture materials, syllabus, familiarizing with assigned textbooks and readings, meeting with students outside of class time, assign and grade student work, invigilate examinations and attending departmental and faculty meetings from time to time. Attending the weekly INDG 1000Y meetings and lectures. QUALIFICATIONS: Experience teaching in a university environment; experience teaching mature students; Ph.D. or equivalent in related subject area as well as knowledge and experience working in a multicultural environment. APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Required supporting documentation, transcripts, CV, Referees, etc. Curriculum Vitae, cover letter detailing specific experience and education, and two references to David Newhouse, Chair, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, Peterborough, On., K9J 7B8 PROJECTED CLASS ENROLMENT: 2 at 12 each MAXIMUM HOURS (for hourly rated positions): PLEASE FORWARD APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO: David Newhouse, Chair Department of Indigenous Studies Trent University Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8 The detailed terms and conditions of employment in relation to this position are in accordance with an existing collective agreement between the University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3908. Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Published on 2014-09-18 14:51:42 GMT

A Message from Lindy Garneau: Greetings everyone, Join us on bus trip to the Curve Lake Powwow on Saturday, September 20, 2014! Buses will be leaving Gzowski College at 11:00 am and will return at 4:15 pm. Come enjoy a day of traditional songs, dancing, and drumming, as well as Native foods and crafts. The Whetung Ojibwa Craft and Native Art Gallery is only a 10 minute walk away. In honour of Trent’s 50th Anniversary there will be a special presentation beginning at 2:30 pm. Representatives from Trent University and Curve Lake will row across the lake in ceremonial war canoes in recognition of the longstanding partnership between Trent and Curve Lake. COST: $5 for Gzowski Students/Affiliates and $10 for other College Affiliates (cash only, includes bus fare and admission into the powwow) *You will need to sign a waiver to participate. TICKETS: Can be purchased at the Gzowski College Office, Suite 214 until Thursday, September 18th at 4:00 pm. Tickets are limited and going fast! You may also wish to bring: - Water - Snacks - Something to sit on (blanket/chairs) - A hat - Money to purchase food and items from the craft vendors Special thanks to the Indigenous Studies Department, The First Peoples House of Learning, and the Gzowski College Cabinet for their generous sponsorship of this event! I hope to see each of you at the Powwow on Saturday! Lindy Garneau College Head, Peter Gzowski College Trent University, Peterborough ON Enweying, Gzowski College Office 214 Phone: (705)748-1011 ext. 7902

Published on 2014-09-17 18:44:07 GMT

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BEING A FIRE KEEPER: We will be hosting a First Keeper Training Session at the Tipi on September 24, 2014 from 2-4. This will be a great opportunity to learn protocol and traditional teachings.

Published on 2014-09-16 19:01:46 GMT

Free lunch in the Gathering Space from 12-2 today!!! Come try some delicious soup!

Published on 2014-09-16 16:47:24 GMT

The local First Nations would like to welcome you to their community. Del Crary Park in Peterborough on Saturday September 27 from 10-430!

Published on 2014-09-16 01:58:22 GMT

Summer jobs in the First Peoples House of Learning are now posted on the Trent Job Board.

Published on 2015-03-18 19:13:53 GMT

Happy St Patricks Day! Join us for build your own nachos and a discussion about the elders gathering in the gathering space (12-2). No, this doesn't have anything to do with St Pats day, but we'll probably have some green cupcakes or something...

Published on 2015-03-17 00:34:05 GMT

Summer jobs in the First Peoples House of Learning are now posted on the Trent Job Board. Keep your eye out for more in the coming days.

Published on 2015-03-16 18:17:34 GMT

Tomorrow: March 17 we are having an Open House in the Gathering Space. It will be build your own Nachos!! During lunch we are going to be handing out a feedback survey about the Elders Gathering. We hope that for those of you who attended this year will take a few minutes to provide us with feedback so we can continue to make the Elders Gathering a continued success.

Published on 2015-03-16 13:41:47 GMT

Need help with last minute papers? Not sure how to study for back-to-back exams? Trent University is hosting its second #trentLNAP Long Night Against Procrastination at Bata Library on March 18th from 6-11pm. See you then!

Published on 2015-03-10 16:08:30 GMT

Join us for an open house today at noon!!

Published on 2015-03-10 15:24:24 GMT

Wednesday's Traditional Teaching will welcome Brian Charles. Brian is from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. Out of his participation with the Chippewas of Lakes Huron & Simcoe War of 1812 Commemoration Circle he began a search for wampum belts associated with the history of Anishinaabe people. Brian will highlight a number of belts and the historical connections to Anishinaabe history. Please come join us at 6pm in the Gathering Space!

Published on 2015-03-09 14:07:50 GMT

David Newhouse will be repeating his "urban" workshop tomorrow at 9am. Room will be posted in the am.

Published on 2015-03-01 01:28:43 GMT

LOTS HAPPENING AT FPHL THIS WEEK! OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW from 12-2pm. We will be surving up some delicous pizza, veggies, and brownies. This a free lunch for students so please come out and say hello, its a great opportunity to meet and we will also be discussing FPHL services and supports. There will be a Traditional Teaching this Wednesday from 6-8pm in the Ernie and Florence Benedict Gathering Space GCS 102. We are welcoming the wonderful Grandmother Bea Shawanda. She is going to be giving a talk on Reconciliation and Community Building. She was a highlight speaker at last years Elders Gathering, so please dont miss out! If you have any questions please feel free to contact fphl@trentuca.

Published on 2015-09-14 13:56:04 GMT

Boozhoo friends. I have a student who just arrived to Peterborough and is in need of some furniture. Any one have the following they would be willing to part with? Two double beds with frame Double and twin mattresses Dressers Used linens We can pick up! Please contact Shari Beaver-

Published on 2015-09-03 15:31:12 GMT

Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle will be hosting an All-Candidates Forum for the Aboriginal communities of our area. It is to be held on the 18th of September from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Peterborough Lions Community Centre (Swanson Room), 347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 1T5. NASC is a non-partisan organization and the goals of this event are to: 1) Create an opportunity for the Candidates to share their Party’s platform on Aboriginal issues. 2) Offer the opportunity for the community to hear candidates’ answers to questions specific to Aboriginal people and their communities. 3) Provide an opportunity for the community to become more informed. The prepared questions of the evening will be focused on issues directly affecting Aboriginal peoples. The Q&A community session will be open to all questions submitted to the moderator. We invite you and the members of your community to attend our event. While the focus of the evening will be concerned with Aboriginal issues All Are Welcome To Attend and Participate!

Published on 2015-09-14 18:36:17 GMT

BURSARY FUND: EMAIL SHARI BEAVER FOR APPLICATION JMLF 2015 STUDENT BURSARY The Joseph Morrison Legacy Fund offers a bursary to Aboriginal students in need who exemplify the values and dedication of the late Justice and Elder Joseph Donald Morrison. Joseph devoted his life to family, community and nation, promoting cultural understanding and lifelong learning. He encouraged young people along the way to be strong and proud as Aboriginal peoples, to show respect and care for themselves and others. The bursary, established on Mr. Morrison’s passing in 2012, supports Aboriginal youth who have overcome adversity to achieve their goals toward a better life. The generosity of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and other donors makes this award possible from year to year. The Smith-Morrison family reviews applications and selects the recipients. The awards are publicly announced in October and posted on the Good Life website. One male and one female student will be chosen to receive $1,500 each. CRITERIA To apply, students must: - Be First Nations, Metis or Inuit residents of Ontario, age 16 – 30 years; - Be registered full-time as a returning student in a post-secondary accredited institution; - Have good academic standing (B average); - Relate how they have met life challenges and kept moving toward their goals; - Have demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply for the bursary is September 18th, 2015, with the award being presented to the selected recipients on October 1st, 2015.