Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School
I have had the pleasure of working with Trenton Pierre for the past four years. Trenton is an accomplished artist who is mentoring aboriginal youth in our school district. He is a role-model for our aboriginal youth who benefit from exposure to a young aboriginal adult who has successfully navigated the K to 12 education system and post-secondary. Trenton is supportive, interested and committed to the work of supporting all learners – and he understands and is empathic to the challenges of aboriginal youth in our school district.
Trenton’s artwork is breath-taking. One has only to view Trenton’s art in the hallways of Pitt Meadows Secondary to understand the powerful and positive effect of his artwork on the school community.
Trenton is also an integral and important member of a school district advisory table which includes Elders from the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nation, the local Metis associations, staff from our district Aboriginal Education department and senior district staff. It has been an honour to participate in the discussions at this table with Trenton. The Elders speak to us of their residential school experiences, the racism which students still encounter and their hopes of building school experiences which are respectful, honouring and include all children. Trenton is at the table to help us build a better system – one which is engaging, positive and supportive of all youth.
Mission School District Principal
I have had the pleasure of walking alongside the talented artist and orator, Trenton Pierre for the past 3 years.
Trenton shared his gifts with our District last year by creating a large interactive art piece with our students and staff. This large scale project greets all who enter our School Board Office each day. Furthermore, Trenton has spoken of reconciliation, intergeneration trauma and resiliency at a number of our District events to much acclaim.
As son of Cyril Pierre, Trenton comes from an honorable family who have devoted countless hours to making Canada a more equitable and fair society. Trenton stands upon the shoulders of his ancestors and holds their vision of a better future through his masterful skills as an artist and orator. It is my sincere pleasure to hold up Trenton as a mentor and model of how our young men should be in this world!
Grace Leon Cunningham
Chief of Katzie First Nations
Our nation is extremely proud of the work that Trenton has accomplished thus far. His dedication to his vision and talents is unwavering.
Trenton has the ability to not only create amazing, meaningful pieces of art but he is also able to tell the story and express his dream of bringing awareness to the historical impacts First Nations have endured. He also supports youth in various ways and is currently launching his own bursary program. He is on a journey to help 6000 students/dreamers across Canada to honour the 6000 First Nations children and youth that died in residential schools. This will have significant impact on Canadian History.
Trenton also spends time with students in the school districts as a motivational speaker, which also includes cultural speaking for ceremonies. We have witnessed his work, and hold his natural gifts in high regard. We look forward to supporting his future endeavours and we hope that you will too.
Ecole Salish Secondary
It has been an immense pleasure having Trenton work in the school with our staff and students.
Trenton's message to youth is empowering and important. Through sharing his journey, artwork, and talent, Trenton is inspiring our students to follow their dreams and passions. Not only does he stand out for his incredible artwork, but he stands out for being a kind and compassionate human being. He has an incredible presence and spirit that is felt by all when he is in our school.