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Soup and Substance:
The Decolonization Series

What does decolonizing mean to Ryerson’s Indigenous community as the campus moves towards 2020?  In this special four-part Soup and Substance series, hear from our Indigenous community who bravely share their thoughts and hopes for what needs to be achieved.

Soup and Substance: Those who are helpers/staff

The last panel of our four part series focuses on Ryerson’s Indigenous staff. Often, Indigenous staff get the brunt of having to educate colleagues about why it’s important to decolonize our work. Indigenous staff also experience a lack of resources to support this work. We will hear how they’ve integrated decolonizing into their work on campus. We will also learn why collaboration is critical, and how working together benefits the entire Ryerson community.
  • WHAT:
    Soup and Substance: Those who are helpers/staff
  • DATE:
    April 17 2019
  • TIME:
    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    POD 250
  • OPEN TO:
    Ryerson Community
    If you have any accommodation requirements or dietary restrictions, please contact OVPECI at 416-979-5379.


  • Monica McKay, Director of Aboriginal Initiatives, Ryerson University


  • Serena Johnson, writer, editor and educator in Student Affairs, Special Projects/Storytelling, Ryerson University
  • Amy Desjarlais, FNTI Coordinator, Ryerson University
  • Diane Simone, Aboriginal Learning Support Facilitator and Instructor, Ryerson University


Winter 2019

Learning from our Grandparents and Knowledge Keepers

Thursday, January 31 2019 | Noon to 1 p.m. Podium (POD) Room 250

Hearing from our learners: our Ryerson students

Thursday, February 21 2019 | 12 to 1 p.m. Oakham Lounge

Those who teach

Thursday, March 20 2019 | 12 to 1 p.m. Podium (POD) Room 250

Fall 2018

Soup and Substance: Our New Diversity Self-ID Report

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | Noon to 1 p.m. Podium (POD) Room 250


Soup and Substance: When communities come together to challenge Toronto Police Service response. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 7th Floor Heaslip House, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, 297 Victoria Street

Fall 2013