The spirituality and cultural observances of Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit, status and non-status) cannot be easily defined. They reflect a diverse collection of distinct cultures and belief systems that are both dynamic and evolving.
In general, Aboriginal spiritual and cultural observances may include ceremonies that are connected to the seasons or to life stages (for example, birth, naming, coming of age, weddings, funerals, remembrances). For an Aboriginal person, participation in such ceremonies may be considered a profound personal responsibility that takes precedence over other social obligations. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the person may be required to travel long distances, participate in elaborate preparations, and/or consult with recognized cultural or spiritual leaders.
Ryerson and its faculty and staff should make every effort to recognize and accommodate Aboriginal people in the Ryerson community so that they are able to fulfill their spiritual and cultural responsibilities.