The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was tasked with gathering information about and promoting awareness of Residential Schools in Canada, delivered its final report in 2015. The final report included 94 Calls to Action, a number of which relate to post-secondary education.
The President and former Provost, Mohamed Lachemi, launched a community-wide consultation on the response, which is being led by Denise O’Neil Green, Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, and supported by the university’s Aboriginal elder, Joanne Dallaire.
“The university’s respect for Indigenous perspectives and commitment to building relationships with Indigenous communities is an important part of our culture at Ryerson and has been embedded as a core value in our Academic Plan. We support the commission’s call for increasing access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal students, and we will build on our existing efforts of outreach and recruitment within the Aboriginal communities, on our development of an Aboriginal-focused curriculum and on the work of the Aboriginal Education Council.”
- President Mohamed Lachemi
Consultations with Ryerson students, faculty, staff and the external community began March 2016 and will continue until a summary report is drafted and submitted to both the President and Provost.