Our Mission

To bring Aboriginal and mainstream Canadian communities together for a better and united future. Through educating and immersing ourselves into cultural experiences, we aim to raise awareness and overcome adversity.

"Innovation derives from passion, guidance and inspiration. I remember learning about First Nations studies in my grade six Social Studies class. I had an amazing teacher who was able to incorporate Indigenous Ways of Knowing, traditions, cultures, and current issues into our curriculum. After this class, Indigenous studies was never touched or talked upon again. I realized that people from Markham were not aware about the current issues happening in Aboriginal communities, and were only aware about the distorted information in our elementary schooling textbooks. After the hunger strike by Theresa Spence, chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation, it became my priority to educate myself and the community, in order to bring light to these  national issues."

-Janani Thillainathan, Founder of Aboriginal Youth Partnership

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How We Got Started

Jennifer is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in the Telfer School Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Ottawa. She is currently specializing in finance. Expressing her love for travelling, she one day plans to explore the world in hopes of learning cultural differences. Feel free to message her with any questions, she is more than welcome to help!

Contact: jchi.ayp@gmail.com

Hunster is a fourth year Neuroscience student at Western University. He has a passion for travelling and has visited a total of ten countries up to date. You can always find him catching up on the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy or Suits. He loves to meet new people, so if you have any questions or inquiries, feel free to shoot him an e-mail!

Connect with Hunster on LinkedIn! 

Contact: hyang.ayp@gmail.com 

Jennifer Chi

Director of Finance

Hunster Yang

Director of Public Relations

Janani Thillainathan


​Janani is currently a fourth year student studying First Nations Studies at Western University. She loves vacationing with her family and hanging out with her friends. If she’s not taking a power nap, she either has her nose in a book or is playing her saxophone. She considers herself a hip hop enthusiast and is also known for having the biggest sweet tooth. Feel free to message her with inquiries!

Contact: jthillainathan.ayp@gmail.com

About Us

Aboriginal Youth Partnership (AYP) is a youth based, non-profit, community organization that aims to spread awareness about current issues happening in Aboriginal communities. With the encouragement from our community, we aim to educate students about Indigenous culture, history, traditions, professional development and current issues.  

Serena is currently a fourth year student studying Media, Information and Technoculture at Western University. If she isn't online shopping, she's on Youtube looking for delicious and healthy recipes to make. She is an avid tea drinker and one of the biggest foodies you'll ever meet! 

Connect with Serena on LinkedIn!

Contact: serenalam.ayp@gmail.com

Serena Lam

Director of Operations 

Our Team