Indigenous Peer to Peer Exchange Program

York University is establishing an International Indigenous Student Exchange Program which aims to provide opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between Indigenous students at York and their peers located in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and the Philippines.

With support from Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Program Innovation Fund and in collaboration with York Faculties (LA&PS, Schulich School of Business and Health), the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS), the pilot program will be launched in January 2021 with a series of facilitated virtual workshops on the following themes:

Workshop 1: What does Global Indigeneity mean? Definitions, Ethics, and UNDRIP

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Workshop 2: Knowledge Keeping and Sharing: Similarities and Convergences 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Workshop 3: SpiritualityWorld Views, and Environments

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Workshop 4: Disrupting Colonial Spaces and Re-Indigenizations: Political Movements 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Workshop  5: Language, Communication, and Cultural Expressions 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Workshop 6: Land, Cultures, and Identities: Diversity Around the World 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Workshop 7: Food Sovereignty  

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Workshop 8: Navigating Identity in a Globalized World 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Participants: 20-25 students

Ten York Indigenous students to connect and exchange with ten students from York partner institutions in Asia Pacific and Latin America. They will be paired up/grouped to complete culminating projects to be shared through an online public forum to be attended by York students and students from Canadian institutions and partner universities.


Program Contacts

Prof. Carolyn Podruchny, History, LA&PS and Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, carolynp@yorku.ca
Breanna Berry, Indigenous Recruitment Officer, Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, breanna3@yorku.ca
Katie Gribbons, Study Abroad Coordinator, Office of the Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, LA&PS, katiegr@yorku.ca 
Marierose Talla, Global Learning Coordinator, York International, rtalla@yorku.ca
Helen Balderama, Associate Director, International Partnerships and Programs, York International helencb@yorku.ca