Sheridan’s Indigenous Youth Skateboard Summer Workshop


In the summer of 2016, the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support to create a skateboard workshop for First Nations high school youth.

Students created skateboards in our furniture studio, designed t-shirts with our Illustration faculty and transferred their artwork onto fabric in our textiles department. Led by faculty member Connie Chisholm, the inspiration behind the project came from the inspiring story of how a group teenagers helped raise over $200,000 for their own Six Nations skate park. Now in its second year, the Indigenous Skateboard Workshop is an important piece for reconciliation in Canada. The workshop empowers Indigenous Students to see themselves in a post-secondary environment. This is key in having more representation of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students at the post-secondary level of education.

See the action and creativity from the summer workshop here:

Special thanks to Connie Chisholm, Stephen Dalrymple, Ruth Gaitskell, Kate Jackson, Paula Laing, Hyein Lee, Bertha Skye and Elijah Williams.

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