Imagine this…

Singers, dancers, numerous booths, food, laughter, and celebration; all that combined together at one large event. This image that you have in your head will not even come close to how it really is in real life, until you’ve actually experienced it. This huge event I am describing, had the privilege of attending and helping out with was Western University’s 10th Annual Powwow...

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My First Year Experience

March 28, 2015

​Written by: Janani Thillainathan

Forget Columbus

December 19, 2014

​Written by: Janani Thillainathan

After three and a half years of starting a non-profit organization, and facing several challenges such as fundraising the start-up money, educating ourselves about the culture, putting together a committed group and defining our vision and mission statement, we were finally ready to create our first event. This event was a fundraising, educational, and community awareness event. We were ready to execute it immediately, but little did we know about all the obstacles and hardships we would have to face...

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We all have some version of our own bucket list right? Whether it is to climb Mount Khuiten, go paragliding, or scuba diving in the clear waters of Costa Rica, we all list experiences we wish to achieve in the following year, decade, or lifetime. For the four of us, it was something a little less physically extreme. While working on our Change 4 Change project where we fundraised for tablets for OLPC (One Laptop Per Child Canada) to enhance classroom learning for Aboriginal children, we made our own project bucket list...

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Picture this scenario: you’re out watching the new horror movie that came out last week with five of your friends. You already planned on having everyone come over to your house, have a few drinks, play some games, and reminisce on foolish moments together. The house is nearby, walking distance. However, you find yourself in a sticky situation.

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A very controversial conversation between people all around the world, is the accuracy of Indigenous knowledge compared to Western Scientific knowledge. Indigenous knowledge is dynamic and its methods are specific to the cultures and Indigenous people who practice them. This type of knowledge can be divided into three categories which are: traditional knowledge (from generation to generation), empirical knowledge (gained from observation), and revealed knowledge (acquired spiritual knowledge and recognized as a gift)...

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One of the required textbooks for First Nations 1020 is “The Inconvenient Indian” by Thomas King. I did not have the typical student-textbook relationship with this book, which consists of reading a few chapters, not using it, and then cramming all the information for finals. Right from the beginning I was lured into the writing style of Thomas King, the different themes that occurred in each chapter, and his bluntness towards social issues was refreshing...

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The reason I took First Nations Studies 1020, was because I knew that in order to grow and establish our non-profit organization it was important that I continued to educate myself and embrace the culture. I also knew it was my duty to pass down my knowledge to the other members of AYP, and then to my community.

Three words to describe this class: eye-opening, student-focussed, and current. This course was eye-opening...

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing Vs. Western Scientific Knowledge​​

February 21, 2015

​Written by: Janani Thillainathan

Change 4 Change: The Overall Process

July 24, 2014

Written by: Janani Thillainathan 

Change 4 Change: Delivering XO Tablets​​

​July 17, 2014

Written by: Serena Lam

​Change 4 Change: Community Event

April 26, 2014​

​Written by: Jennifer Chi

​Change 4 Change: Workshops

April 23, 2014​

​Written by: Hunster Yang

Change 4 Change: Kick-Off Assembly​​


April 14, 2014

Written by: Hunster Yang

I believe that you will learn best when you immerse yourself into the topic you’re learning. Seeing it face-to-face and truly experiencing it is what causes one to learn most effectively.

That is why today, we brought in Derrick from the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto to conduct workshops for the entire student body at Castlemore Public School...

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Today began the 3-week fundraiser event “Change 4 Change”. Change 4 Change consists of several different components that fundraises money, educates students and brings awareness of Indigenous culture to the Markham community. All donations from this event will go towards One Laptop Per Child Canada, an organization that provides Aboriginal youth with electronic tablets to enhance their education...

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My First Powwow

March 20, 2016

​Written by: Hunster Yang