Aboriginal Student Services and Campus Organizations

There are a number of services and student organizations to enhance the university experience of Aboriginal students and those interested in Aboriginal issues.

Randy Pitawanakwat is in charge of Aboriginal Services which provides students with information, guidance and a way to connect with the Aboriginal community at York. While at present we do not have an Elder-in-Residence, we often have visiting Elders; Randy Pitawanakwat can provide you with information about this.

York has an Aboriginal Council, with members from the University and Aboriginal organizations and First Nations representatives. The Council provides input on anything relating to Aboriginal people at York. The Aboriginal student organizations have representatives that sit on the Council. For further information on the Aboriginal Council, contact Randy Pitawanakwat.

There are currently two Aboriginal student organizations on campus. For undergraduate Aboriginal students there is the Aboriginal Students’ Association at York (ASAY) which meets regularly. For Aboriginal law students there is the Osgoode Indigenous Students’ Association (OISA). The Aboriginal Students' Association welcomes non-Aboriginal students to be associated with the group and to volunteer for the annual York Powwow, organized by students.