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Focus on Aboriginal Communities

How TRSM is helping to shape dialogue and partner with Aboriginal communities in Toronto and across Canada.


Project North co-lead and TRSM alumna Stefany Nieto inspects the new harvest growing in the greenhouse constructed by Ryerson students in Naujaat, Nunavut, one of two fly-in northern communities.

Whether it’s helping a remote, fly-in community in Canada’s north to address food insecurity issues, or starting a conversation on Aboriginal entrepreneurship, TRSM is committed to supporting Ryerson’s Aboriginal community’s values and education success.

“I’m proud of the collaboration our students and faculty have undertaken with our Aboriginal communities. Together, we can be part of a long-term strategy to empower social and economic change, while celebrating the traditions and achievements of Aboriginal communities,” says Dean Steven Murphy.

Here are highlights of recent stories and research that bring a focus on Aboriginal communities:

  • Economic sovereignty: Dean Steven Murphy speaks to CBC News host Peter Armstrong on the Ring of Fire mine development and the consultative approach the Ontario government and mining executives should take with First Nations communities to create a more respectful dialogue.
  • Focus on Aboriginal entrepreneurship: The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Canada's 21st Prime Minister, joined Chief R. Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and JP Gladu, President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), for a panel discussion on Aboriginal Entrepreneurship at TRSM.
  • TRMBA gives back: Inspired by a fundraising campaign to support men who stand up against violence towards Aboriginal women, a group of Ted Rogers MBA students have launched The Ted Rogers School of Management Award for Aboriginal Undergraduate Students.
  • Fighting food insecurity: A group of Enactus students have launched Growing North, a non-profit that has been working with remote communities in Nunavut, Canada, to build community green houses that provide local residents with fresh, affordable produce.
  • Sustainable Indigenous tourism: Hospitality and Tourism Management Professor Sonya Graci has a keen interest in working with Aboriginal communities to develop sustainable forms of tourism. Learn more about a conference in April she organized on sustainable Indigenous tourism research.
  • Indigenous peoples and resource development: Law and Business Professor Sari Graben is a lawyer who focuses her research in issues related to Indigenous peoples and resource development – major growth areas in Canadian law and policy.

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