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Student Digital Handbook

Welcome 

Hello! N’it! Wachiya! Ahnee! Tansi! She:gon! Kwe!

Toronto is in the “Dish With One Spoon Territory”. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and Peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

Learn more about Ryerson University’s Land Acknowledgement

Greetings from Aboriginal Initiatives

Ryerson University strives to develop positive relationships with the Aboriginal community through initiatives such as the Aboriginal Education Council (AEC), Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS), and the Aboriginal Initiatives unit in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI).

N'it and hello! I am Monica McKay, Director of Aboriginal Initiatives. On behalf of my team, I would like to welcome you to Ryerson University! I feel Ryerson continues to support Aboriginal students in many different ways and hope you will find the resources on our website to be a helpful aid in your journey. 

T'ooyaksiy' N'iin, Miigwetch, thank you!

Monica McKay in an orange shirt that reads "Every child matters"
Monica McKay, Director of Aboriginal Initiatives

Mission statement 

RASS provides a culturally supportive environment for students that promotes academic excellence, offering a space to balance academic learning with traditional teaching and culture.

RASS provides specialized services to First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Canadian Indigenous students (or those who identify by nation or community) at Ryerson, all while developing a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Indigenous community.

RASS is part of the Aboriginal Initiatives unit in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI).