A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Trent University, Confederation College and First Nations Technical Institute acknowledging a unique relationship in Ontario. The MOU recognizes the ongoing partnership, which creates pathways for Aboriginal learners across the three institutions.†All three partners deliver Indigenous Studies programming that is well established, innovative and recognized for academic leadership. This initiative provides greater alignment for Aboriginal learners transitioning from a First Nations institute to a northern college to a university. Trent University was the first university in Canada, and only the second in North America, to establish an academic department dedicated to the study of Aboriginal peoples. The First Nations Technical Institute was the first established facility among Aboriginal institutions.