Studio project “Point of View”: Sheridan and Mohawk partner to deliver unique summer film workshop for Aboriginal students

2015 Project Pathfinder joint banner.

2015 Project Pathfinder joint banner.

Sheridan and Mohawk college have teamed up once again as hosts for another summer workshop – Project Pathfinder. The students began working last week on a film project that has students writing their own scripts, filming and editing. Running for the first time, this project is called “Point of View” where the students are included in creating and participating in a film documentary detailing their experiences at college and in their own community.

Sheridan has provided the group of Aboriginal students with film equipment, cameras and computer labs to help them film and capture their documentary. Last year the students took part in an animation Pathfinder taught by Sheridan’s Mario Positano and a broadcast television workshop taught by Greg Prince.

Project Pathfinder is a summer program designed to give Aboriginal Secondary students aged 13-17 the opportunity to learn about various post secondary education pathways. Aboriginal Education & Student Services have offered three Project Pathfinder sessions during the summer running every two weeks, Monday – Friday excluding weekends, from June 30 – August 8. There will also be one session of Pathbuilders offered Monday – Friday from August 11-22 where students will have the opportunity to earn a dual credit. There is no cost for students to participate in Project Pathfinder or Pathbuilders.

The 2015 workshops designed to introduce students to each industry and to provide hands on activities to help inspire and encourage students who are considering their future opportunities.

Amanda Collina, the lead for the project at Mohawk College, said the experience goes a long way for the students involved.

“Each year we have received more and more participation from a number of interested Aboriginal students. The partnership between Sheridan and Mohawk college continues to get stronger and it’s been nothing but a positive step in ensuring these young students have the opportunity to experience college.

We look forward to what the future holds for us.”

While at Sheridan, students have experienced two workshops within the Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design coordinated by Paula Laing, Sheridan’s Aboriginal Student Success and Transition advisor. Last week Project Pathfinder completed their skateboard project. You can read more in our blog here.

View the remaining schedule for Project Pathfinder’s current and upcoming events

Project Pathfinder Session Two

Option One (Videography Training, Workshops & Activities)
July 13 – July 24 (2 Weeks in Length)
Limited to 10 Students

Option Two (Indigenous Knowledge – Outdoor Activities)
July 20 – July 24 (1 Week in Length)
Limited to 15 Students


Project Pathfinder Session Three

Option One (Videography Training, Workshops & Activities)
July 27 – August 7 (2 Weeks in Length – Excludes August 3 Holiday)
Limited to 10 Students

Option Two (Indigenous Knowledge – Indoor Activities)
August 4 – August 7 (1 Week in Length – Excludes August 3 Holiday)
Limited to 15 Students


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