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Indigenous Role Model Event

The Indigenous Role Model event led by Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) provides an opportunity for Ryerson community members to learn from and engage with an Indigenous leader. The Role Model shares their story and insight into their lived experience, chosen field and professional journey.

This motivational and inspirational event takes place in two parts, with the first session solely for Indigenous students, providing them with a space to strive for success to reach their own educational and career goals. The second event (open to all Ryerson students, staff and faculty) is an opportunity for the Role Model to share their story and relate it back to Ryerson’s values of excellence; equity, diversity and inclusion; mutual respect and shared success; wellbeing; and access.

On February 11, 2021 RASS hosted two sessions as part of the 2021 Indigenous Role Model Event:

Session #1 for First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Canadian Indigenous students (or those who identify by nation or community) at Ryerson

Session #2 for all Ryerson students, faculty and staff

Previous Indigenous Role Models 

Previous Indigenous Role Models include:

  • Dr. Kathy Absolon-King (2015)
  • Dr. Pamela Palmater (2016)
  • Artist Jackie Traverse (2017)
  • Dr. Raven Sinclair (2017)
  • Dr. Leanne Simpson (2018)
  • Justice Leonard Mandamin (2019)

We are thankful and grateful to our previous Indigenous Role Models who have engaged with our students, faculty and staff to discuss their professional journey, as well as the obstacles they faced along the way, and how that factors in with their Indigeneity.