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Program Description

The Aboriginal Foundations Program is designed to accommodate those who may have obligations during the day, with classes offered for three hours, one evening a week, for thirteen weeks. The program will focus on upgrading writing and critical-thinking skills for Aboriginal individuals interested in entering bridging (through Spanning the Gaps), certificate, or continuing education programs, or upgrading academic skills towards greater success at the post-secondary level.

Who Should Apply

  • Aboriginal community members who seek the necessary writing and critical-thinking skills to enter into bridging, certificate, or continuing education programs at the university level, or to improve their academic skills towards greater personal achievement.
  • Aboriginal professionals who are seeking to upgrade their writing skills and may be interested in broadening their professional development through continuing education programs within a university environment.
  • Aboriginal university students who are looking to upgrade their essay and critical-thinking skills toward greater academic success.
The Aboriginal Foundations program runs annually at the beginning of the calendar year.
You can read more about the program on the Ryerson Continuing Education website here, opens in new window. Contact Diane Simone for further information about the program and how to apply.
Tel: 416-979-5000 ext. 3326

The Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences, opens in new window is a multidisciplinary exploration, analysis, and reflection on the experiences of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and their relationships with non-Aboriginal peoples. This exploration aims to help develop an understanding of these experiences and relationships from many dimensions: historical, political, social, and arts- and health-related.  

This certificate provides a broad orientation to Aboriginal experiences in Canada and how Aboriginal peoples have been impacted by laws, policies, and practices in the health, social services, human resources, and other sectors. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, regardless of their academic or professional background, have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal lived experiences through curriculum from Aboriginal perspectives taught by Aboriginal scholars and experienced community teachers.

Read more about the program and the application process on Ryerson Continuing Education website here, opens in new window.

The Aboriginal Community Outreach and Recruitment program is based on engaging the Aboriginal community (both in Toronto and throughout the Province) in identifying how we can collaborate with and support their career, employment, training and education initiatives and programs.

It is associated with existing transition and support programs, involving several internal and external partners (within the Aboriginal community, locally and provincially).

Thunder Alphonse is the Aboriginal Admissions/Liaison Officer and participates in the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) annually. If you are interested in hearing more about this program please contact him. As well, if you are interested in setting up a site visit to Ryerson to see the campus, meet the RASS star team and learn about what we offer, please call or email him.

Please contact Thunder Alphonse at 416-979-5000 x3034 or send him an email for further information.

Our Cultural and Traditional Teachings program will compliment, strengthen and support our existing services and programs.

We will provide Aboriginal students with the opportunity to spend time with Elders, to receive traditional counselling and support.

As well, we will invite Traditional Teachers from the Aboriginal community, to share indigenous knowledge and traditions, to teach Aboriginal history, culture and protocols.

Please contact Sheila Saikkonen to schedule an appointment at ext 7699 or feel free to leave a message.

This dynamic program has Ryerson Aboriginal students who do outreach and provide peer support to Aboriginal student's on-campus.

Drop by the Peer Support office to access student resource information, to find out about our educational, social and cultural events and how you can get involved.

All Aboriginal, M├ętis and Inuit students are eligible and welcome to participate in the Aboriginal Peer Support program.

Please contact the Aboriginal Peer Supporters by phone at (416) 979-5000 ext:6660 or click here to e-mail a Peer Supporter.


Summer 2019 Peer Supporters:

We are pleased to have Karly Cywink (RTA Media Production), and  Samantha Williams Barrantes (Professional Communications), join our RASS Team as our Summer 2019 Peer Supportors.  Please feel free to contact them at the link or telephone number above.


Please watch our virtual tour of Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services!