Well it certainly has been a while since a post has popped up on here. It seems like now is the time to start it up again.
Over the last month and a half or so a lot of things have happened here on the campus. Of course there is the usual crunch time of essays, presentations, outlines and exams to keep all of us students on our toes. Outside of the rigors of the class room, the creation of community and creating dialogue appears to be at the forefront of many peoples minds. We had the annual Traditional Peoples and Elders gathering that hosted close to 600 students and community members. There were 9 elders who came to share their unique knowledge over two days. This was a reminder for me of the role that Trent plays in community involvement. As a student, I have the ability to engage in conversations that may not necessarily occur outside the walls of this institution. Many people do not have the opportunity to engage like we do. The involvement of the community speaks to the role that Trent plays in engaging those thoughts and bringing them to a larger audience. The participation shows the value and want for a chance to engage.
This past weekend we had The Agenda (the TVO show) setup in the Gathering Space. They provided a platform for a panel discussion about the future of Aboriginal education. Sitting on the panel were Ryan Decaire, Jennifer Henry and David Newhouse. Each adding a unique lens and opinion of what that future looks like. Judging by the crowd that showed up and participated in the discussion, it was another example of how Trent is looked at as a medium to convey thought and foster discussion. The community looks at Trent as a place that breeds discourse and offers a unique vantage point.
The other thing that has been happening over the last little while has been Trent’s Time to Shine. Essentially the program is looking at what makes the Trent experience truly unique. There was a mixture of students, professors and members of the community that took part. I had the opportunity to take part and was happy to see the unique perspectives that have been brought to the table. I know what Trent has meant to me and was pleasantly surprised to see that my experience has been shared by many. It was in this sharing that reminded me of the truly unique experience that occurs on this campus, no matter what your discipline.
Sticking with that theme of community, TUNA (Trent University Native Association) will be hosting a traditional pow-wow this Saturday March 16th in the Great Hall located at Champlain College. This is open to everyone. Come check it out. There will be an afternoon of traditional dancing and drumming followed by a potluck dinner at 5pm. Come and check it out. It is open to everyone and hope that those that haven’t had the chance to attend a pow-wow will take this opportunity to join us. See you all there.