Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies

Trent University has earned a reputation for exceptional teaching and innovative research activity.  The University as a whole nurtures a collaborative atmosphere in which students from across the country and around the world are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary learning while enjoying a variety of social and cultural activities.  For graduate students in particular, Trent affords a rich research and learning environment.

Trent University has a well-established reputation for excellence and innovation in the field of Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.  The Canadian Studies Ph.D. and the M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies are embedded in that legacy, drawing on faculty from the humanities, social sciences and other interdisciplinary fields.  The richness that such diversity provides fosters the interdisciplinarity that lies at the heart of the programs.  Trent University prides itself on developing a collegial and collaborative atmosphere between students and faculty, something readily fostered by the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, which draws together scholars and students from the local, national and international community. 

As a Research Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, the Frost Centre:

  • Promotes and funds new research initiatives under the Centre's liaison and facilitating umbrella.
  • Supports research and faculty development through the sponsorship of colloquia, conferences and  workshops.
  • Facilitates inter-institutional communication, expanding opportunities for faculty in a small university to participate in large-scale research with larger centres.
  • Creates opportunities for outside scholars to work at Trent on joint projects during sabbaticals or leaves.
  • Encourages young scholars and post-doctoral fellows through Centre-sponsored collaborative research programs.
  • Encourages scholars to respond to the issue of concerns of the community, as part of their degree, through engaging in community-based research 
  • Oversees the Roberta Bondar Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Northern and Polar Studies .
  • Publishes the Frost Report 
Institution Trent University
Country Canada
Infrastructure type Research centre/institute
Disciplines History and archaeology
Sociology and cultural studies
Environmental sciences
Environmental protection
Language of operation English
Keywords Canadian studiesIndigenous StudiesTrent UniversityNorthern and Polar Studies


The Frost Centre research community is populated by Trent faculty engaged in graduate studies, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows and students in the graduate programs offered through the Frost Centre.

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Contact information

Heather Nicol, Director
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 6049

Cathy Schoel, Administrative Assistant and Graduate Programs & Research Coordinator
Room 103.5, Kerr House
Catharine Parr Traill College, Trent University 
Telephone: (705) 748-1750

Courier address: 
Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
Trent University SRC
2089 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON K9L 1Z8

Mailing address:
Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
Kerr House, Traill College
Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, ON K9L 0G2

In person:
Suite 103, Kerr House, Traill College
Trent University
299 Dublin Street
Peterborough, Ontario 

Telephone number: (705) 748-1750

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