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Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services – also known by its acronym R.A.S.S. – provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.


The role of our office is to provide specialized services for Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit students on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal Community.


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Aboriginal Community Outreach and Program

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).


Peter Alphonse is the Aboriginal Admissions/Liaison Officer and participates in the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) annually. If you are interested in hearing more about this program please contact him. As well, if you are interested in setting up a site visit to Ryerson to see the campus, meet the RASS starr team and learn about what we offer, please call or email him.


Please contact Peter Alphonse at 416-979-5000 x3034 or send him an email for further information.


Cultural and Traditional

Our Cultural and Traditional Teachings program will compliment, strengthen and support our existing services and programs.

We will provide Aboriginal students with the opportunity to spend time with Elders, to receive traditional counselling and support.


As well, we will invite Traditional Teachers from the Aboriginal community, to share indigenous knowledge and traditions, to teach Aboriginal history, culture and protocols.


Please contact Joanne Dallaire, Traditional Counselor, to find out the days and times she is available.


Joanne Dallaire, Traditional Counselor
Room: KHW-389C
Telephone: 416-979-5000


On the interim please contact Sheila Saikkonen for appoint at x 7699


Peer Support

This dynamic program has Ryerson Aboriginal students who do outreach and provide peer support to Aboriginal student’s on-campus.

Drop by the Peer Support office to access student resource information, to find out about our educational, social and cultural events and how you can get involved.


All Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit students are eligible and welcome to participate in the Aboriginal Peer Support program.



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