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Reconciliation and Philanthropy

Mitchell Huguenin, Education Developer (Indigenous Pedagogy), Trent University, and Julie Davis Vice-President, External Relations & Development, Trent University
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Date: Thursday,April 27, 2023

Time: Networking from 8:15 AM, session 8:30-9:30 AM

Venue: This meeting will be HYBRID. In-person attendance at Alzheimer Society, 18-360 George St. N Peterborough, K9H 7E7 (in the basement of Peterborough Square next to the Farmers Market, click here for directions and more information about visiting the Alzheimer Society). A Zoom link will also be emailed to PAFN members the day prior to the meeting.

Registration: Not a PAFN member? Register here

In this session, Mitch and Julie will talk about the opportunities to advance truth and reconciliation through our roles as fundraisers. Mitch will share how we can prepare to support Indigenous peoples and communities. Julie will share her learnings on working with Indigenous peoples to advance their priorities through philanthropy. Please bring forward or send ahead any specific questions you may have.

About Mitch

Hailing from Penetanguishene, Mitchell Huguenin is a registered citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and is a Métis rights-holder from the historic Georgian Bay Métis community (one of seven recognized s.35 rights-bearing Métis communities in Ontario). He is a proud descendant of the Drummond Island Métis, with ancestral ties to the North-West Company at Red River. Mitchell’s upbringing in Penetanguishene encouraged him to proudly identify with the various stories of his people; a privileged position that he believes entails important responsibilities. One is to share these stories with others. To educate about the Métis as well as other Indigenous topics, and – through his roles in higher-education – advance Canada’s national agenda of reconciliation.

Mitchell received his certification as a Personal Training Specialist after completing a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion at Durham College in 2011. Since then, and following further study at Trent University, he developed the first Indigenous-content-centred courses offered at Durham College. With his support, Durham piloted an Indigenous course requirement for all Health and Community Services (HCS) students in 2021. He is currently a part-time instructor both in Trent University’s Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies and in its School of Education. Mitchell also holds the role of Education Developer for Indigenous Pedagogy in Trent’s Centre for Teaching and Learning.


About Julie

Julie Davis is responsible for philanthropy, alumni affairs, community and Indigenous external relations, as well implementation of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan. This plan set a new standard for engagement with local First Nations and underpins an ongoing collaboration with the Michi Saagiig to steward the Trent Lands. The relationship she established with Curve Lake through this process was described by the Chief as “gold standard”. Julie previously served the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation as President and CEO, and before that was a marketing executive with Quaker Oats and Unilever Canada. She is currently Chair of the Board for the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and Vice Chair of the Five Counties Childrens Treatment Centre, and recently completed her Masters in Leadership.

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