The Aboriginal Education Council with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives has been given the responsibility to guide, develop and give leadership of Aboriginal Education at Ryerson. The council's work includes a focus on implementation of the Postsecondary Education fund for Aboriginal Learners (PEFAL) through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
In an effort to create greater funding opportunities for the educational success of Ryerson's Aboriginal students and faculty, the Aboriginal Education Council introduced the Aboriginal Student/Faculty/Staff Support Fund. The AEC secured funding for this initiative through a successful proposal submitted to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Every academic year funding is available to Ryerson's Aboriginal students, Aboriginal staff, Aboriginal faculty, and Aboriginal sessional instructors to support research, course project work, conference and symposia participation, and other projects.
The Council has provided funding to support Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate students in various disciplines across Ryerson University to present their research at conferences both nationally and internationally, to work as research assistants to faculty in their fields of study and creating portfolios as part of applications to graduate programs. The AEC has also financially supported self-identified Aboriginal faculty at Ryerson University in their research initiatives and travel to international conferences to present their work.
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We are convinced that, in order for Aboriginal students to participate and be successful in postsecondary education, there is a need for Aboriginal curriculum and programming, and for Aboriginal faculty and students to be actively engaged in research on Aboriginal topics.
The Council will assist all schools and departments across the University to embed Aboriginal content within their curricula, thereby enabling Ryerson to deliver such content to all of its students. The Council believes that in order for truth and reconciliation to begin between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people at Ryerson University, every student needs to be educated about Aboriginal-Canadian relations. This includes the expansion of elective and mandatory courses which focus on content relevant to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples, such as the history of colonization and Indigenous worldviews across the curriculum, the promotion of Aboriginal content within general survey courses, professional development for faculty and sessional instructors and assistance with appropriate course materials. It also includes the support of faculty and graduate student research in areas that are of significance to Aboriginal Peoples.
To date, the AEC has supported curriculum development on Aboriginal content in many Schools across the University, such as:
- School of Early Childhood Education (2010-2011)
- School of Child and Youth Studies (2011-2012)
- School of Midwifery (2011-2012)
- School of Nutrition (2012-2013)
- School of Social Work (2012-2013, 2015-2016)
- School of Journalism (2016)
In addition, the Council has helped to support educational events for:
- School of Social Work (2014)
- Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s Cultural Awareness Committee (2014)
- Politics and Public Administration (2015)
- Student Affairs (2015)
- School of Journalism (2015)
- School of Fashion (2016)
- Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s Dine and Discourse (2016)
The AEC was also instrumental in the content design and application to Senate for approval of the Chang School of Continuing Education’s Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences released in 2014. As well, the AEC and the Chang School have partnered to run the program, Aboriginal Foundations, which is designed for Aboriginal community members who seek to broaden their opportunities towards academic success.
PDF fileApril 2017/18 Curriculum Development Call for Proposals is now Closed. Please check back in April 2018.
If you have any questions about a curriculum development proposal please contact:
Dr. Cyndy Baskin
Chair, Aboriginal Education Council, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Academic Coordinator of the Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences
Telephone: 416-979-5000 Ext. 6217