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Aboriginal Employee Services

The hands of two people smudging in the Ryerson Quad

Ryerson’s Academic Plan outlines respect for Aboriginal perspectives as one of its primary values. As an employer, this means embracing Aboriginal faculty and staff, and increasing Aboriginal representation to reflect the diversity of our students and the community around us.

Aboriginal employee inclusion at Ryerson

We recognize that the talents of diverse people drive innovation and help make Ryerson a great place to study and work. We are strengthening our community outreach activities and partnering with varied organizations to attract Aboriginal people to contribute the university’s success.

We provide space for smudging

Ryerson’s Aboriginal Student Services space is located in the heart of campus in the Kerr Hall West Building (KHW), Third Floor, Room 389 at 31 Gerrard Street East. The space is open to all faculty, staff and students.

If it’s your first visit, Ryerson’s Aboriginal Human Resources Consultant Tracey King, is also available to introduce you to the space.

We have a campus Elder

Omushkego Cree Elder and Traditional Counsellor Joanne Dallaire, Red Hawk Woman has ancestry from Attawapiskat First Nation. She is available to meet with staff and faculty on an array of personal, wellbeing or Aboriginal topics. You can connect with her her to book an appointment at

We have a First Nations, Métis and Inuit faculty, instructors and staff community network

Formed in April 2015, First Nations, Métis and Inuit faculty, instructors and staff were invited to come together to get know and learn from each other. Attendees provided input on what different types of support, community socials, speakers and activities participants would like to see in the future.

A sense of community and belonging is important for continued Aboriginal engagement, retention and increasing morale, support and wellbeing. This is a group for and by Ryerson’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit faculty, instructors and staff community. To learn more and get involved, visit the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group webpage.

We are surrounded by a vibrant Aboriginal community

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Ryerson is surrounded by a vibrant Aboriginal community. We’ve provided a list of Toronto Aboriginal organizations.