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Affiliated groups at Ryerson

Aboriginal Education Council (AEC)

The AEC is a group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and professionals within the university and community organizations that are motivated to support Ryerson students and faculty in regards to Indigenous curriculum and student and faculty support for professional development.

AEC and Aboriginal Initiatives as part of the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion have been given the responsibility to guide, develop and give the leadership of Aboriginal education at Ryerson. 

The council's work includes a focus on the implementation of the Postsecondary Education Fund for Aboriginal Learners (PEFAL) through the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Visit the Aboriginal Education Council website to learn more and contact Cher Trudeau, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Administrative Assistant and Aboriginal Education Council Coordinator.

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Indigenous Students Association

The Indigenous Students Association (ISA) is a student-run group focused on addressing the needs of Ryerson’s Indigenous students and enhancing the circle of understanding between the Indigenous community and the diverse cultural groups on campus.

In the spirit of cooperation and global community, ISA works to build, amplify and maintain Indigenous voices across campus. They also work towards addressing issues faced by Indigenous peoples in the areas of human rights, education and personal development.

ISA’s goals aim to support students by engaging in Ryerson’s student life. The three main goals seek to:

  • advocate for students
  • develop positive relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • support and enhance a positive awareness of Indigenous issues within Ryerson

Follow the ISA on social media 

Facebook: Indigenous Students’ Association at RU, external link
Twitter: @isa_Xuniversity, external link

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Ryerson Pow Wow 

On October 17th, 1998, Ryerson became the first Toronto University to host a Traditional Pow Wow. The day included dancing, drumming, and artwork, as an estimated 1,200 people attended. 

Twenty years later, on September 21, 2018, the Ryerson Pow Wow relaunched with the help of Saagajiwe and the Provost’s Office. Ryerson Pow Wow is an annual event.

Visit the Ryerson Pow Wow website to learn more and contact the PowWow team.

Follow the Ryerson Pow Wow on social media 

Instagram: @XUPowWow, external link
Facebook: X University Pow Wow, external link
Twitter: @xupowwow, external link

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Yellowhead Institute 

The Yellowhead Institute is a First Nation-led research centre based in Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts. 

Privileging First Nation philosophy and rooted in community networks, Yellowhead is specifically focused on policies related to land and governance. The Institute offers critical and accessible resources for communities in their pursuit of self-determination. It also aims to foster education and dialogue on First Nation governance across fields of study, between the University and the wider community, and among Indigenous peoples and Canadians.

Visit the Yellowhead Institute website, external link to learn more and contact the Yellowhead Institute team., external link

Follow the Yellowhead Institute on social media 

Twitter: @Yellowhead_

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Chair in Indigenous Governance

Dr. Pamela Palmater is the Chair in Indigenous Governance, supported by Ryerson University as part of its commitment to Indigenous education, diversity and social justice. The mandate of the Chair is to conduct research and scholarship in relation to Indigenous law, governance and politics in a First Nation context.  

As part of this broad mandate, the Chair also teaches and develops curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels relevant to Indigenous governance and holds public events at Ryerson University for students, faculty and/or the public, as well as participate in conferences, colloquia, and special lectures on Indigenous governance issues.

Visit the Chair in Indigenous Governance website to learn more.

Follow Dr. Palmater on social media 

Twitter: @Pam_Palmater
Youtube: Pam Palmater, external link

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