Trent University program to help those in power learn about systemic issues facing Indigenous women and girls


Trent University announces an upcoming training program for those in power to better understand the inequalities faced by, among others, Indigenous women and girls.

the Enwaying Training Initiatives The program is developed by the university’s First Peoples House of Learning, using nearly $500,000 in Ottawa funds.

It is designed to “lead government employees, elected officials, and front-line decision makers” to identify and eliminate systemic issues and barriers.

“The goal of this project is to create systemic change,” Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, director of the First Peoples House of Learning, said in a statement. “The programs we have run over the years are improving the lives of Indigenous people; this new experiential training initiative has the potential to change the paradigm in which we work – a foundational element in changing the attitudes and beliefs that are the foundation of our nation.

Through a series of workshops, participants will learn about historical and current inequalities, and the policies that support them. Indigenous women will guide the program and local elders will also participate.

“This project was launched with the support of municipal leaders in Oshawa and Durham Region, who have worked actively with the First Peoples House of Learning in Trent to improve services as part of their ongoing commitment to reconciliation” , we read in a press release.

The funds come from the Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada Feminist Response and Recovery Fund.

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