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Ryerson’s Orientation Week takes place the week before classes begin and gives incoming students the chance to connect with other new students, get familiar with their academic program, and get to know their way around campus. Our Orientation Week is designed to meet the needs of all new students.

Every year we offer new events and programs, but every Orientation Week at Ryerson features:

  • Academic program and faculty-specific orientations so incoming students can meet other peers in their program, find out about faculty-specific resources and get to know their professors.
  • Information about how to access on-campus supports and resources so new students know how to find what they need after classes start.
  • Tons of engaging performances, concerts, and giveaways!

Along with Central Orientation, some Faculties at Ryerson offer a Faculty-specific Orientation where students can opt-in to spend their Orientation Week with students from their own program. Students can choose to attend events from both Central Orientation and their Faculty-specific Orientation based on their own interests.

Here are the different Academic Societies that are responsible for Faculty-specific Orientation. Please note, the Faculty-specific Orientation is voluntary and is separate from the Academic Orientation which is mandatory and is hosted by your Program Office.

  

The Ryerson Communication and Design Society is a student-led society that represents over 5000 undergraduate students within the 9 schools of the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). You are joining an creative tight-knit community of artists, problem solvers, and storytellers! From all of FCAD, your course unions, and student groups, we welcome you to Ryerson, and orientation.

We cannot wait to meet you. Follow us on social (@RCDSonline).

RESS is the oldest Student Society on campus, and we’ve been running our own orientation week events for as long as we can remember. We have a week full of fantastic and inclusive events planned for this year’s orientation week with the theme of Star Frosh: The Frosh Awakens! From start to finish we promise you won’t be bored, and best of all everything is free and open to all!! If you’re coming into Ryerson Engineering, be sure to check us out. All events are all ages and free.

The TRSS annually hosts and supports various events and initiatives within the University community and around North America. Some of the more popular events planned for this year includes: TRSS Commerce Frosh Week, Ted Rogers Management Conference (TRMC), Week of Welcome, Frost Week and much more! The TRSS also provides the student body with handbooks, training sessions, and excellent networking opportunities in a wide variety of interests.

The Ryerson Science Society represents students that are enrolled in their full-time undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Science. We plan both social and professional events throughout the entire year to benefit students. To start the year we run Science Orientation (Frosh) to offer a specific time for incoming science students to meet other science students. We have been working on planning our Orientation for months and are super excited to share it with you, there will be social events and activities to . Check it out on our website, along with all of the other awesome ways to get involved in the community.

The Ryerson Liberal Arts Society (RLAS) represents over 4,000 Undergraduate students of the Faculty of Arts. Spanning 13 programs, RAS organizes events, programming and opportunities for its students, including this year’s Arts Orientation and carnival.

Ryerson's Aboriginal 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.

The “Dish”, or sometimes it is called the “Bowl”, represents what is now southern Ontario, from the Great Lakes to Quebec and from Lake Simcoe into the United States. We all eat out of the Dish, all of us that share this territory, with only one spoon. That means we have to share the responsibility of ensuring the dish is never empty, which includes taking care of the land and the creatures we share it with. Importantly, there are no knives at the table, representing that we must keep the peace. The dish is graphically represented by the wampum pictured above.

This was a treaty made between the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee after the French and Indian War. Newcomers were then incorporated into it over the years, notably in 1764 with The Royal Proclamation/The Treaty of Niagara.

The land acknowledgment started in British Columbia, where there are no treaties at all. Its popularity has spread as an acknowledgment of Indigenous presence and assertion of sovereignty. It is used in a variety of ways, such as at opening events and meetings.