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Tipi Days

At least once a week, there will be a member of the Indigenous Student Services team in the Tipi at the Sutherland Campus. Come on out and enjoy the fire! Feel free to bring your lunch or hot beverage and visit with the Fire Keeper.

Tipi Protocols

  • Please respect the Tipi and the land around it; both are used for traditional purposes by Fleming's Aboriginal community
  • Do not adjust the poles or ropes unless you have Tipi experience and training; the Tipi ropes and poles must be adjusted correctly to avoid damage
  • Do not litter
  • No drugs or alcohol in this traditional area
  • Do not use the Tipi or light a fire without prior approval from Indigenous Student Services
  • Fleming Security routinely patrols this area

We encourage those who are interested in learning more to ask as many questions as you would like, but please be respectful to the space and those around you.

Tipi Fire Pit Protocols


For scheduled Tipi Days, please see the Neechee Community Calendar.

  • Only Indigenous Student Service employees are permitted to book the Tipi
  • Bookings must be done at least 2 business days in advance
  • Bookings are arranged through the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator
  • The Indigenous Student Services Coordinator will provide a key to the pit and the location of the appropriate firefighting equipment to be used.
  • The Indigenous Student Services Coordinator will notify the Facility Manager, and College Security that the pit has been booked
  • The person booking the fire pit is responsible for attaining the necessary permits from the City of Peterborough
  • The person booking the fire pit is responsible for notifying the Peterborough Fire Department about the fire, 1 hour before starting the fire

Physical and Cultural Safety

  • The fire must be supervised by an Indigenous Student Service employee, and/or their approved designate who is trained traditionally on Tipi Protocols at all times
  • The Tipi is a sacred place, therefore Alcohol and drugs are not permitted in or around the Tipi at any given time
  • Only those trained as a traditional fire keeper are to adjust the Tipi poles and ropes
  • Horseplay, sports or other games are not permitted near or over the fire
  • The fire pit is for the burning of wood and small amounts of sacred medicines* only. Flammable liquids and substances are not permitted for use in the fire pit, including but not limited to gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel
  • Appropriate firefighting equipment must be readily available to extinguish the fire at all times
  • The fire must be no larger than the diameter of the pit and no more than 1ft above the upper rim of the fire pit
  • All fires must be completely extinguished before putting the cover back over the pit
  • The cover must be placed back over the pit and secured before leaving


  • During dry conditions where the fire index is at a level that presents an increased risk the College reserves the right to cancel any fire pit booking
  • College Security will check the fire pit during patrols to ensure the cover is on and secured when not in use
  • College Security will patrol the area regularly when the pit is in use to ensure that the Safety Protocols are followed
  • College Security will check the pit at the end of any event to ensure the fire is completely extinguished and the cover is secure
  • If College Security believes that the safety of any person or the College property is at risk for any reason they will speak to the employee that is supervising the fire about the unsafe behaviour or condition and attempt to resolve the issue
  • If the behaviour or condition is not resolved the Guard will contact the Facility Manager or the Manager, Security and Safety for guidance
  • If Indigenous Student Service Employees, Facility Manager and Manager, Security and Safety deem the use of the pit or the behaviour of the persons at the pit to present a risk to anyone or to the College the fire will be extinguished immediately

* Sacred Medicines include, but are not limited to: Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Sage, and Cedar

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