Based on the four directions (north, east, south and west) and their corresponding dimensions (mind, spirit, emotion and body), this image represents Ryerson’s commitment to Aboriginal employees.
The image also includes sweetgrass to represent kindness; a feather to represent a pen since Ryerson is an educational institution; stars to represent the star blanket that was gifted to Ryerson in 2013; and the medicine wheel, which speaks to the four elements of spirit, mind, body and emotion described above.
Holistic in design, the image represents a holistic vision and model for Aboriginal human resources at Ryerson. Designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal peoples internal and external to the university and address the removal of employment barriers and address common retention issues.
A holistic approach to wellbeing in the workplace considers all four dimensions required to create balance of the whole person. When one of the dimensions is affected an individual’s health and wellness will be impacted.
For this reason, Ryerson encourages its faculty and staff to take personal responsibility and to access the programs and services available for workplace wellbeing. It is our people first approach to wellness that understands the health of an individual’s environment can also affect someone’s personal health.
At Ryerson Aboriginal inclusion involves a seventh generation approach to Aboriginal leadership. This means recognition that everything that Aboriginal faculty and employees participate in at Ryerson will have an impact on future generations of Aboriginal staff, faculty and students to come to Ryerson.