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Indigenous Students

Greetings! Aaaniin, Boozhoo, Shé:kon, Tân’si, Pjil’asi, Wha Chii Ya, Kwe kwe, Kii-te-daas a, Gilakas’la, Wa.é ák.wé

Join our growing community of Indigenous students!

Tawâw - come in, you are welcome, there is room.

Do you self-identify as an Indigenous person? We encourage all Canadian Indigenous applicants* to Ryerson to self-identify on their application for admission. You can do this on an Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Form or on a Ryerson Application Form (depending on which is applicable to you).

Here’s why we think it’s beneficial to self-identify:

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) would like to get to know you! When you self-identify, RASS will reach out and provide you with information about the various support services they offer and all of the great work they are doing for the Ryerson community.

You will have the opportunity to submit our Special Consideration Form, where you can provide additional detailed information to support your application for admission. You can tell us about leadership and/or extra curricular activities you have been involved in, like volunteering or community engagement. You may also provide insight into any barriers you have experienced (e.g. social or personal) that have impacted your academic success and your pathway to university.

When you self-identify, that information supports internal and external reporting and informs future programming and initiatives for Indigenous students, faculty and staff.

Please note: We do not require government documentation (e.g. photocopies of Indian Status cards, Metis cards, etc.) or any other documents indicating Indigenous ancestry.

Wondering about Student Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries?

You can apply for awards and scholarships via AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window, Ryerson's awards management system! By submitting a single application, you will automatically be matched to some of the 1300+ awards, scholarships, and bursaries that you are eligible for. Students who self-identify as Indigenous may qualify to be considered for specific awards, scholarships and bursaries.

Student financial assistance is also available. When you self-identify as Indigenous, you may qualify for additional financial assistance through government student aid programs, such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), external link, opens in new window. You may also qualify for additional funding, including the Ontario Indigenous Travel Grant, external link, opens in new window to assist with the cost of travel to Ryerson, if you live in a remote First Nations community.

If you choose not to apply for OSAP, you may qualify for other funding, such as the Indigenous Student Bursary, external link, opens in new window, which is available via AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window for current students.

There are other funding and bursary opportunities available! Find out more on the Government of Ontario website, external link, opens in new window.

We are building a community and invite you to be a part of it.

We offer activities and programs tailored to Indigenous students. The University works to support Indigenous student academic and personal success and strives to connect and engage with our students in fun and enriching ways.

Photo by Kaytee Dalton.

Dancers at Ryerson Pow Wow wearing their regalia proudly.

Check out the amazing and culturally relevant support, services, programs and initiatives available for Indigenous students, staff and faculty at Ryerson. We encourage you to get involved!

Ryerson Land Acknowledgement

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.

*Canadian Indigenous Applicants: The Indigenous and Treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada are recognized and affirmed in the Constitution Acts of 1867 to 1982 (Section 35). Section 35(2) indicates that Indigenous peoples of Canada include First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.