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The Windy Pine Conference Centre has been cared for and managed by the Canadian Studies program at Trent since 1982. Photo Credit: James Wilkes

The Return to Windy Pine

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Sebastian Johnston-Lindsay
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September 2, 2022
The Return to Windy Pine
The Windy Pine Conference Centre has been cared for and managed by the Canadian Studies program at Trent since 1982. Photo Credit: James Wilkes

With the coming of the new school year, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies has resumed a long-standing tradition of hosting incoming and returning MA and PhD students for a retreat at the Windy Pine Conference Centre located on Lake Kushog in the Haliburton County.

The Windy Pine Retreat has been an annual event for the Frost Centre for more than a decade but had been cancelled for both the 2020 and 2021 academic years. This year’s event, organized by Cathy Schoel, saw 20 graduate students attend alongside Director of the Frost Centre, Dr. Heather Nicol and Traill College Academic Skills instructor, Dr. Sue Beckwith. 

Dr. Nicol spoke to the incoming students about the unique ways in which the Frost Centre’s programs attempt to support interdisciplinary research and how the structure of the MA and PhD foster a broad understanding of issues facing Canada. The MA program in particular is placing a greater emphasis on Indigenous knowledge and perspectives as 2022-23 is the second year in which the MA core course will be co-taught by Dr. Nicol and Professor David Newhouse, Chair of Indigenous Studies at Trent. 

Upper-year graduate students shared their experiences in the program and discussed the importance of building community in the department, something which has been difficult for the previous two cohorts given the circumstances imposed by virtual learning.

Following lunch, Dr. Beckwith ran through a number of events that she has planned for the upcoming year including the return of Motivation Mondays on September 26th alongside graduate-specific programming throughout the Fall term. 

A highlight of the day for those who took part was a beading workshop led by Frost Centre alumni, Dominique O’Bonsawin. Participants chose between an orange shirt or a strawberry and were given instruction on the basics of beading as well as some history of the art and teachings related to the practice of beading. 

With 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of Canadian Studies at Trent, the return of the Windy Pine Retreat and the unique experience it represents across graduate departments across Canada seemed like a fitting start to the academic year.

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