Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design teams up with Mohawk College for unique Aboriginal skateboard project

Two skateboards that were made by aboriginal students at Sheridan College.

Two skateboards that were made by aboriginal students at Sheridan College.

In collaboration with Mohawk college, the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design just concluded their latest Aboriginal Pathfinder Project. The Project Pathfinder program is intended to provide aboriginal high school students an opportunity to experience college life. During the first week in July, our Faculty ran a skateboard project in the Furniture studio led by faculty member Connie Chisholm. The inspiration behind making the skateboards came from aboriginal teenagers who helped raise over $200,000 for their own Six Nations skate park. You can read more about it here.

Connie helped students build the skateboards from scratch; Marco Cibola, faculty in Illustration, helped students design imagery to support their own branding, and Janelle Guthrie, technologist in the Textiles studio, led students in silk-screening their imagery on to the boards.

Paula Laing, Sheridan’s Aboriginal Student Success and Transition advisor, said “This was the first year for running this specific Skateboard program and it was amazing. Each of the students brought their many skills to the project. They accomplished so much in a short period of time and grew in the knowledge that they could do this. I really enjoyed all the pieces of the process and learned a lot about myself along the way.”

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