“Talking Walls” is an on-going series of informal exhibit spaces staged throughout Hart House. It seeks to build understanding and awareness by giving voice to challenging and engaging subject matter.


The Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF) is an award-winning alternative Toronto District School Board high school program where students earn credits by building and selling skateboards and running a small design business. At OSF students use their incredibly creative minds to put together a unique skateboard brand. We can create many designs and share a multitude of ideas, and here there are no limits to making what we love real.

As the world’s first skateboard design high school, OSF is dedicated to decolonizing education by learning through our OSF INDIG SK8 initiative and curriculum tracing skateboarding to its indigenous roots and contemporary expressions. 


For the Seven Lessons project, OasisSk8board Factory TDSB School students worked with seven Indigenous artists; Jenny Blackbird, Kaya Joan, Keitha Keeshig Tobias, Naulaq LeDrew, Mike Ormsby, Graham Paradis and Isaiah Walker.

While creating, students learned about the seven grandfather teachings, Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth. We also learned about each artists' experience with education and learning inside and outside of mainstream schooling. With these lessons in mind, we had the task to work in small groups with our assigned artist to create a unique skateboard deck that reflected their teachings.


Art Works



Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF)

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  • Date: Fri, Nov 5, 2021
  • Time & Duration: (all day) (108 days)
  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Talking Walls Exhibition Space – Main Hallway, 1st Floor
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