Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS) provides a number of programs for First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Canadian Indigenous students (or those who identify by nation or community) at Ryerson.
Due to COVID-19, Ryerson University is closed except for essential services. As such, the Aboriginal Student Lounge, located at KHW-372 is not open for in-person visits. Please contact a member of our team by email or phone.
Peer support for Indigenous students at Ryerson
Apply for a student staff position with the Aboriginal Peer Support Program
The Peer Supporter Program aims to enhance the university experience of Aboriginal students at Ryersonby supporting their adjustment and transition to university life. The program helps facilitate academic success, as well as positive social and personal growth. Peer Supporters provide opportunities for Aboriginal students to access campus programs, networks and resources that enable them to benefit from a well-rounded university experience.
Peer Supporters will:
- Serve as a positive role models and support systems for Aboriginal students
- Professionally communicate with students to offer assistance and valuable academic and social guidance
- Facilitate the active involvement of students in events
- Foster strong links between students and Aboriginal Student Services
- Ensure confidentiality of students’ cases
- Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity
Peer supporters are not counselors or teachers, but are important resources, friendly guides, organizers and referral points. They act in a professional manner with students. Peer supporters will initiate and remain in contact with their students to offer valuable assistance and guidance both socially and academically. They are dynamic event organizers, which enrich the network and knowledge of the Aboriginal Student Community. In return, Peer Supporters will be provided with the opportunity for valuable hands-on work and leadership experiences, with formal leadership training. .
Get in touch and apply to be a Peer
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 556660
Tea n Talk: Connect with fellow Indigenous students
Writing workshops and support for Indigenous students at Ryerson
Cultural and traditional teachings for Indigenous students at Ryerson
Aboriginal Foundations Program for Indigenous community members
Additional programs for Ryerson students and Indigenous community members
The Laptop Loan Program provides access to laptops for Indigenous students to ensure computer and program access, which is required to complete schoolwork off-campus. You can sign out computers for a short term loan.
Learn more about the Library’s Laptop Loan Program.
The Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences is a multidisciplinary exploration, analysis, and reflection on the experiences of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and their relationships with non-Aboriginal peoples. This exploration aims to help develop an understanding of these experiences and relationships from many dimensions: historical, political, social, and arts- and health-related.
This certificate provides a broad orientation to Aboriginal experiences in Canada and how Aboriginal peoples have been impacted by laws, policies, and practices in the health, social services, human resources, and other sectors. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, regardless of their academic or professional background, have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal lived experiences through curriculum from Aboriginal perspectives taught by Aboriginal scholars and experienced community teachers.
The Aboriginal Community Outreach and Recruitment program is based on engaging the Aboriginal community (both in Toronto and throughout the Province) in identifying how we can collaborate with and support their career, employment, training and education initiatives and programs.
It is associated with existing transition and support programs, involving several internal and external partners (within the Aboriginal community, locally and provincially).
If you are interested in hearing more about this program please contact:
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 7699