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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 […]

U of T alumna establishes bursary for Indigenous, Black and Taino students

This article was originally published by Perry King on U of T News on April 5, 2021. Reprinted with permission. Erica Neeganagwedgin is looking to tell a different story than the one currently being told. Neeganagwedgin, who earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), has established the Olive Moxam […]

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

‘You’re still a part of us’: First Nations House celebrates U of T’s Indigenous graduates

This article was originally published by Geoffrey Vendeville on U of T News on July 15, 2020. Reprinted with permission. Not even a global pandemic could stop the University of Toronto’s First Nations House from carrying on its tradition of celebrating the university’s Indigenous graduates. In a first for the St. George campus’s Indigenous hub, students […]

September 9, 2020

Award-winning Indigenous authors to teach Indigenous literature, oral traditions and creative writing at U of T Scarborough

This article was originally published by Don Campbell on U of T Alumni News on July 2, 2020. Reprinted with permission. Two award-winning Indigenous writers have joined the University of Toronto Scarborough’s department of English. Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Randy Lundy joined as assistant professors, teaching stream, on July 1. They are teaching creative writing, Indigenous literatures and oral traditions. Akiwenzie-Damm, a member […]

Sharing knowledge and experiences, U of T students to lead campus tours of Indigenous history

This article was originally published by Sean McNeely on U of T News on September 1, 2020. Reprinted with permission. Drew Rickard is still determining what, and what not, to share. He’s part of a group of Indigenous students from the University of Toronto and young adults from across the GTA who are being trained to lead […]

Taddle Creek: The Indigenous Landscape Project

This article was originally published by Leanne on the Life@UofT blog. Aaniin! I hope this blog post finds you all well especially as we delve into colder weather. I feel as though the city is constantly oscillating between two seasons—winter and construction. As many of you may already know, the University has a massive revitalization […]

February 23, 2020

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