Hold Trent University Accountable

Hold Trent University Accountable

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Kelly Dekeyser started this petition to Trent University and

I have gone to Trent for 5 years now. After the heartbreaking news we have received this week, I can’t help but think, for a University that prides itself on its inclusivity and the great relationship it has with its neighbouring Indigenous communities, Trent has some things it needs to take accountability for. Why on Earth do we still have a college named after a colonizer? A man who committed terrible acts of genocide, and is responsible for the colonization of Quebec. Not only is this college named after a murderer, it proudly displays his bust and painting within. On top of this, we have another college named after a racist white woman who, with her sister, wrote and published terrible things about the Indigenous Peoples living around Peterborough. Traill college covers this up by standing by the fact that she was a feminist. This is NOT true. Catherine Parr Traill stood for the rights of middle class white women and that is all. Even Trent’s logo is disturbing. An excalibur stabbing the Odenabe River (Odenabe meaning river that beats like a heart), quite literally stabbing the hearts of the Indigenous Peoples who once called the land home. If you want to make things right Trent, make the changes that need to be made and stop memorializing the people who helped put those children in those schools, and took them away from their families, their cultures, and ultimately responsible for ending their lives.

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