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November 16, 2023
The much-beloved Williams, who passed away in 2022, was a ‘giant’ both at Trent and in the Anishnaabeg nation
With Trent University’s newest residential college scheduled to open in 2028, the university announced on Wednesday (November 15) that the college will be named in honour of the late Curve Lake First Nation Elder and former chief Gidigaa Migizi (Douglas Williams).
The much-beloved Williams, who passed away last July, was also an associate professor at the university and director of studies for the PhD program in Indigenous Studies, teaching the land-based course for program. In Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language), Gidigaa Migizi means spotted eagle.
To be built on the east bank of Trent University’s Symons Campus in Peterborough, Gidigaa Migizi College will be the university’s sixth college, joining Champlain, Lady Eaton, Peter Gzowski, Otonabee, and Catharine Parr Traill. The colleges are scholarly communities comprising student residences, dining halls, and academic and administrative space.