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First Nations House: Building a gathering place for community

Posted October 21, 2021 By Kirsty Clarke Like any construction project, the development of a new First Nations House has not been simple—there have been contractor issues; COVID-related delays; and structural challenges–horsehair walls, the wood framing that holds the windows had rotted out, and the glass itself had distorted and warped with age. Yet the […]

October 21, 2021

Indigenizing spaces on campus: First Nations House Tipi Raising

Posted on August 16, 2021 By Samantha Lizardo Photos by Aaron Mason On August 10, 2021, members from the U of T Indigenous community, the Toronto community and the broader University community came together for the First Nations House Tipi Raising. This tipi raising is a major step toward creating Indigenous spaces at the University […]

August 16, 2021

By learning Kanien’kéha, U of T grad Andrea Johns launched a journey of self-discovery

This article was originally published on U of T News by Geoffrey Vendeville on June 23, 2021. Reprinted with permission. Andrea Johns heard the Mohawk language, Kanien’kéha, for the first time when she took an introductory class on the subject in her second year at the University of Toronto. Yet, the words somehow felt familiar. The experience […]

June 28, 2021

Indigenous graduates share stories of self-discovery at First Nations House ceremony

This article was originally published by Geoffrey Vendeville on U of T Alumni News on May 28, 2021. With drums, song and air hugs, the University of Toronto’s First Nations House celebrated Indigenous students who are either graduating next month, or who have completed another important milestone in their academic careers. Students and their families cheered and […]

June 7, 2021

U of T grad Maureen Gustafson focused on improving Indigenous public health

This article was originally published by Françoise Makanda on U of T Alumni News on November 22, 2019. Maureen Gustafson (MPH 2019) walked towards the stage at her University of Toronto convocation wearing the moccasins her mother gave her the day before. “I was really excited to wear them because, for a lot of people, moccasins […]

May 5, 2021

A&S student Riley Yesno’s passion for education leads her beyond legacy of residential schools

This article was originally published by Michael McKinnon on A&S News on March 12, 2021. Reprinted with permission. A&S student Riley Yesno has celebrated a lot of education “firsts,” with more to come. Growing up Anishinaabe as a member of the Eabametoong First Nation living in Thunder Bay, Yesno belongs to the first generation in Canada to […]

U of T alumnus, partner bring visibility to Indigenous and two-spirit community on The Amazing Race Canada

This article was originally published by Geoffrey Vendeville on U of T News on July 16, 2019. Reprinted with permission. A University of Toronto education is meant to prepare graduates for anything life throws at them – including, apparently, whirlwind journeys across the country on The Amazing Race Canada. On this season of the reality TV show, three alumni […]

Indigenous students recognized for academic achievement, leadership and advocacy

This article was originally published by Yanan Wang on U of T News on February 11, 2021. Reprinted with permission. Two University of Toronto students received the President’s Award for Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year this week during a virtual ceremony bookended by song and prayer. The recipients – Riley Yesno, a fourth-year student at Victoria College, and Jessie […]

March 11, 2021

Strong, successful, determined: In solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, U of T to mark Orange Shirt Day

This article was originally published by Rahul Kalvapalle on U of T News on September 29, 2020. Reprinted with permission. Every year, Indigenous students, faculty and staff at the University of Toronto commemorate Orange Shirt Day, a nation-wide movement that spreads awareness of Canada’s residential schools and the impact they had on Indigenous Peoples. But this […]

September 30, 2020