Student Projects

As the culminating event, participants of the International Indigenous Peer to Peer Virtual Exchange Program will showcase their learnings from the pilot program with the wider community. Themes include Indigenous Knowledge and technology, displacement, language and the land, disrupting colonial spaces and re-indigenization, and spirituality.With support from Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Program Innovation Fund and in collaboration of York University Faculties, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS), York International and partner universities, University of Costa Rica, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, University of the Philippines, Baguio City, Philippines, and University San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.

Check out the Student Projects

Indigenous Knowledge and Technologies in Education

Ángel Solís  (Tecnológico de Monterrey), Caleb Wesley(York University) and Felipe Bañez García (Universidad de Costa Rica) 

The central research area focused on Indigenous knowledge and technologies but will approach the focus through an educational lens. Through visual graphic elements and Instagram, we can share data about our communities or even the work that we have done to preserve and promote the preservation of our culture.

Instagram Project@indlan_online

Presentation Slides: Indigenous Knowledge and Technology(pdf)

 indigenous languages online

Settler Greed, Indigenous Land: A Comprehensive Timeline

Quenses Quela (University of the Philippines Baguio), Christina Da Costa(York University), and Amy House (York University)

For this research project, we created a timeline ranging from 1900-2020 of Indigenous displacement and Indigenous land defense to show the scale of these displacements and to position them within time. By placing these events in a timeline, we hope that it conveys the recentness of many of these thefts and displacements, so as to show that these events did not happen “long ago” or “100s of years ago”.


A timeline of theft, removal, and regaining stolen land

Disrupting the Colonization of Every Day Life

Sara Fuentes (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), Elizabeth Best (York University), and Jennifer Sedgewick (York University)

In our group discussion, we are tackling colonialism as it pertains to everyday life. Our goal is to encourage the group to speak about colonialism on a personal level. More importantly, we would like to make space for our group members to identify actions they have taken to confront or disrupt colonial practices and traditions.

Read the Zine: Disrupting the Colonization of Everyday Life (pdf)

The Language of the Land Film

Samay Ainaguano Baltazar (Universidad San Francisco de Quito), Aleria Mckay (York University), and Rosalyn González (Universidad de Costa Rica)

For our project, we will be exploring the question, “How is language shaped by the land?” We are interested in learning how language is influenced and developed by the environment in which it grows, the roots these languages have within the land, and how this can be witnessed in our respective countries. The main feature of the film will be the interviews of a local Indigenous language speaker from our respective communities that we will conduct.

Bringing Spirituality into the Academy

Jandrea Rose Oddoc (University of the Philippines Baguio), Jen Bolton (York University), and Emma Litschko (York University)

Our topic focuses on Indigenous Spirituality, specifically, on bringing Indigenous spirituality into the academe. We formulated three questions for this project to explicate the topic – and we, as a member of both an Indigenous community and the academy, will answer the queries based on experiences and Indigenous knowledges

Presentation Slides: Bringing Spirituality into the Academy (pdf)

Bringing Spirituality into the Academy