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1. Metis Bursary due November 15

2. Changes to RASS

3. Eagle Staff Ceremony

Changes to RASS

We are glad that our staff is growing, that we have modified our support system, and made the Student Centre more safe in order to make it easier for Aboriginal students attending Ryerson.

RASS would like to welcome Brian Norton. He is filling the role as Aboriginal Student Services Program Coordinator.  Brian is an Anishnabe from Chimnissing First Nation, on Christian Island, ON.  For more than a decade, Brian has been actively involved with the Toronto First Nations community, having worked for other non-profit aboriginal organizations in various administrative capacities.

Aboriginal Student Services is once again accepting applications for four (4) peer support workers for the Fall/Winter 2017/18 academic year.  For more information, please go to Programs/Peer Support, or click HERE to be redirected to the Career Boost Website. 

Don't forget to check out our Events page for any activities RASS is planning for the upcoming year.

 

Eagle Staff Ceremony

Ryerson University and Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services Eagle Staff

    Ryerson University and Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) received a spiritual honour on May 30, 2012.  During a community ceremony and celebration they were presented with an Eagle staff.  The staff has very significant spiritual significance and is adorned with fur and thirteen eagle feathers. It is the traditional flag of Indigenous peoples and takes precedence over all other flags. Ryerson is the first and only university in Ontario to receive one.

    The Eagle Staff is a community staff that will take on a teaching role both here at Ryerson and within the larger Aboriginal community.  It also acknowledges the leadership Ryerson and RASS have cultivated in creating strong support systems to enrolled Aboriginal students. The presentation of an Eagle Staff is an event that happens once in a lifetime.  The Eagle Staff will participate in significant RASS and Ryerson community events, such as convocation.

    This Eagle Staff was designed and made especially for Ryerson and R.A.S.S. It is made from a five-foot wooden pole with a deer antler on top and the cloth has the Ryerson colours. Attached to the wooden pole are carved pieces depicting the Seven Grandfather teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth.   There are footprints sewn into the cloth representing the path that Aboriginal learners embark on when they take up their learning journey here at Ryerson, ending with a Dream catcher representing the learner's attainment of their goal. Ten of the thirteen eagle feathers represent the services and programs offered by RASS.  The following three feathers represent the Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson University and the Aboriginal students.

    The Eagle Staff represents a celebration of our mutual strength in maintaining the theme 'we stand in unity'.

Aboriginal students who need assistance with course selection, to discuss course load or to talk about their academic goals are encouraged to make an appointment with the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor, Amanda Thompson.

Amanda Thompson, Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2609
Fax: 416-598-5919
ajohnston@ryerson.ca

Through our partnership with the Ryerson Admissions Office we have an Aboriginal Liaison/Admissions Officer; who will support the unique "wrap around" admissions process we have been building for Aboriginal learners.

Thunder Alponse is our Aboriginal Liaison/Admissions Officer who will be working very closely with the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor to provide seamless support to Aboriginal peoples interested in applying to Ryerson's Academic programs.

Your first step will be to contact Amanda Thompson, the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor. She will outline the application process and the documents that you will need to provide with your application. As well, you can ask for support and guidance in deciding on an academic program or career path.

When you are ready to submit your application, Amanda will provide Thunder the information files of who is applying to Ryerson; so that Thunder will be able to contact and advise potential applicants in the event their application need revision or to provide alternatives if the applicant is not successful.

Thunder Alphonse, Aboriginal Liaison/Admissions Officer
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3034
Fax: 416-598-5919
thunderalphonse@ryerson.ca

Amanda Thompson, Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2609
Fax: 416-598-5919
ajohnston@ryerson.ca

For internal awards opportunities go to the Ryerson Special Categories section in their Scholarships/Awards Office.

Learn about external awards opportunities on the external,Post-Secondary Bursaries and Scholarships page found in the Links tab.

More opportunities below

The Métis Nation of Ontario *DUE NOV 15*

Rabbi Abraham Silverstein Aboriginal Student Award

 

If you are require assistance with an Aboriginal bursary or scholarship application, please talk to or make an appointment with the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor Amanda Thompson.

Amanda Thompson, Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2609
Fax: 416-598-5919

ajohnston@ryerson.ca

Either the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor, Amanda Thompson or the Aboriginal Learning Support Facilitator will assist Aboriginal students: in identifying available resource information and assistance in applying for Aboriginal sponsorship. As well, they will assist in understanding how to fill out Bursary and Scholarship applications. Also, please go to our Bursary and Scholarship page for information on what is available at Ryerson University.

Aboriginal Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thomspon, Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2609
Fax: 416-598-5919
ajohnston@ryerson.ca

Diane Simone, Aboriginal Learning Support Facilitator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3326
Fax: 416-598-5919
dsimone@ryerson.ca

Planned in partnership with our Aboriginal Peer Supporters; to provide Aboriginal students the opportunity: to meet each other and to discover how the resources (available through Aboriginal Student Services), will assist in attaining their personal and academic goals.

This gathering will provide us the opportunity to promote the Aboriginal Peer Support program, to highlight the opportunities and resources within Ryerson's community.

Furthermore, our purpose is to encourage Aboriginal students to participate.

Please contact the Aboriginal Peer support office for more information or go to our Events page to find out when our annual orientation will be taking place.

Ryerson also has a general orientation for first-year students.

Peer Supporters
Available: Monday to Friday
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room: KHW-372
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6660
abpeers@ryerson.ca

Aboriginal students who need assistance with balancing their academic responsibilities with their personal lives are encouraged to make an appointment with the Aboriginal Traditional Counselor, Joanne Dallaire.

Please call or email her to find out the days and times she is available.

Joanne Dallaire, Traditional Counselor
Monday and Tuesdays
Hours 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Room: KHW 389C
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext 6616

jdallaire@ryerson.ca 

Aboriginal students who are struggling with their academic courses are encouraged to make an appointment with the Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor, Amanda Thompson. Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services will provide the resources for an academic tutor.

Amanda Thompson, Aboriginal Academic Support Advisor
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2609
Fax: 416-598-5919
ajohnston@ryerson.ca