York University celebrates Canada 150@York with 40 signature events


TORONTO, January 9, 2017 − York University will celebrate “Canada 150” throughout 2017 with unique educational events that showcase everything from debates to dancing. A total of 40 projects have been selected to receive $400,000 in funding from the University.

Rhonda Lenton, Vice-President Academic and Provost, announced the projects recently: “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our call for proposals. We sought innovative projects that would explore Canada’s past and look to its future,” she said. “The selected projects will showcase York University and Canada 150 themes, while supporting the student learning experience.”
Highlights of York’s Canada 150 projects include:

  • Federal and provincial debates on Confederation (1865-1949) and Indigenous Numbered Treaties (1871-1921)
  • French-language “Olympics”
  • A campaign to boost Canadian music Wikipedia content pairs librarians with musicians
  • “Social justice for Indigenous youth” symposium
  • A concert to celebrate Filipinos as Canada’s fastest growing immigrant community
  • Exploring trans-disciplinary scientific perspectives on the north
  • “Know Your Worth” a conference for students from the Jane/Finch Community
  • A symposium to explore literary and media representations of the Chinese diaspora in Canada’s 150 years as a nation

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.


Media Contact: Janice Walls, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 5543 wallsj@yorku.ca