Trent board of governors endorses recommendations of Champlain Committee Report

The board of governors at Trent University has endorsed the recommendations of a report created by a committee formed to consider how Samuel de Champlain’s legacy relates to Champlain College, Trent, and their communities. The report recommended that Champlain College keep its name, and that artwork depicting Champlain be moved to the archives or library and put alongside contextual information. Other recommendations included introducing a “cornerstone” at the college recognizing Indigenous people and language, giving cultural context to the name through giving Indigenous names to college buildings and spaces, and giving Trent’s next college and residence an Anishnaabemowin name. “In particular, the Committee heeded the words of those Indigenous respondents and leaders who advocated for informing history instead of erasing it — and the reality that, if we erase history, it is likely to repeat itself and this cannot be allowed to happen,” read the Champlain Committee Report. Kawartha Now| Teacher Idea Exchange Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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