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Educational Workshops & Assemblies

On Monday, April 14, 2014, AYP hosted a kick-off assembly to start the fundraiser event. AYP brought in a few dancers and singers from the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and they performed amazing traditional songs and dances. 

Working with Castlemore Public School, we were able to bring in the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto to conduct workshops for the entire student body at Castlemore on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. There were three separate workshops, each workshop designed for the appropriate age group. The first workshop was for the students who were in Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2. The second workshop was presented for students who were in Grades 3, 4 and 5. Lastly, the third workshop was conducted for students who were in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Each workshop included story-telling, performances, and teachings of Aboriginal culture, traditions and history.

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Change 4 Change event at Castlemore Public School, came to an end. To conclude the event, AYP brought in Clayton, an elder, to perform a cleansing ceremony which included the lighting of sweetgrass. This ceremony, also known as a smudging ceremony, was an opportunity for students and teachers to take part in a cultural experience. The purpose of a smudging ceremony is to create cleansing smoke in order to purify an individual's body, aura, energy, or personal items. It is believed to drive out any negative energy, renewing the person within. 

Community Event

On Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Aboriginal Youth Partnership hosted their first ever, free-admission community event at Castlemore Public School called Change 4 Change. The purpose of the event was to bring the community together for an initiative that brings to light issues happening to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. The event included educational and interactive booths organized around the school such as: Spin the Wheel, Arts and Crafts, Story Telling, Traditional Sports such as soccer and hockey, an Aboriginal Culture booth [Food, Inventions, Linguistics], the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people's traditional games, Ring Toss and many more. As well, there were workshops for parents and students on Aboriginal educational awareness, and a workshop dedicated to teaching youth and parents on how to play the guitar, ukulele and how to sing.

All donations funded through the event went towards One Laptop per Child Canada. Through the whole event, AYP is proud to announce that the event fundraised $1160! The event was a great opportunity for students and parents to learn new things, make connections, and give back to the community. It was chance for Markham residents to broaden their knowledge, and be introduced to new cultures. Through the community engagement event, AYP truly hoped to bring awareness to Aboriginal issues and to educate one another on through culture. Ultimately by fundraising together for OLPC Canada, we supported the enhancement of Aboriginal youth education by providing them with electronic tablets.

A huge thanks goes out to OLPC Canada, YRDSB, Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School's Acoustic Music Club and Books With No Bounds for all the help and support.

Lastly, the event wouldn't have been possible without our sponsors. Thank you so much to Devry Smith Frank LLP, PAY2DAY, Roma Caribbean Ltd., Village Nissan, First Choice Haircutters, Babu, George's Tastee Foods Corp., and L.E. Jewellers. Thanks for your support!


Change 4 Change was a 3-week fundraiser event that included three components: fundraising, educational workshops and assemblies, and a community awareness event. This entire event raised funds towards One Laptop Per Child Canada, an organization that provides electronic tablets to Aboriginal youth to enhance their education.



From Monday April 14 to Wednesday April 30, 2014, Castlemore Public School & Aboriginal Youth Partnership worked together to conduct a three-week fundraising event to support One Laptop Per Child Canada. All proceeds fundraised would go to providing Aboriginal youth with electronic tablets to enhance their education. Castlemore Public School's Student Parliament led the marketing aspect of this event, by conveying the importance of donating and creating a competitive and fun atmosphere within the school.   

Throughout the three-week fundraiser, we fundraised a total of $3,400, which amounts to 21 tablets to support One Laptop Per Child Canada. ​Congratulations to Mrs. McClean's grade 3 class and Ms. Birta's grade 6 class from Castlemore Public School for raising the most amount of money!

It was an amazing three weeks and on behalf of Aboriginal Youth Partnership, we would like to thank everyone who supported us through donating, participating and coming out to the community event on April 24th. During these three weeks, we hoped that we were able to raise awareness about the Aboriginal culture, traditions and history.