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Learn about RASS Programs & Services

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.

As the university uses the fall as a transition semester in preparation for a broader return to campus in the winter semester, Aboriginal Student Services is continuing to work remotely. The team is available via phone, email and available for virtual/phone appointments as required. Find more COVID-19 information and updates.

Peer support for Indigenous students

The Aboriginal Peer Support Program is dynamic and made up of Aboriginal students at Ryerson who conduct outreach and provide peer support to other Aboriginal students on-campus.

The Peer Support team can provide you with information and resources about our educational, social and cultural events. You can also learn how to get involved and connected with the Indigenous community at Ryerson.

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

Get in touch with the Aboriginal Peer Support team

Room: Kerr Hall West, 372
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 556660
Email: abpeers@ryerson.ca

Two Indigenous students in conversation

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
Email: abpeers@ryerson.ca

Tea n Talk: Connect with fellow Indigenous students

Tea n Talk is a bi-weekly event hosted by Ryerson Aboriginal Students Services (RASS) for students who identify as First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Canadian Indigenous (or those who identify by nation or community). 

Students are encouraged to join us for fun activities and discussion within a casual environment. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and connect with other Indigenous students as well as the dedicated RASS team. 

Sessions take place weekly during the fall and winter semesters and bi-weekly during the spring and summer semesters. Learn more and join the next gathering.

Ryerson student with a cup of tea on Zoom at a Tea n Talk event.

Writing workshops and support for Indigenous students

RASS’s Aboriginal Learning Support Facilitator is available to assist students one-on-one with their academic writing assignments from undergraduate to graduate-level studies. We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year to assist students with their writing assignments. 

Workshop topics include essay writing and referencing, incorporating Indigenous knowledge into essay writing, time management and effective study habits as well as self-care and wellness for successful academic success. 

Access writing support services

Date: Monday to Friday
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Get in touch with the Aboriginal Learning Support team

To make an appointment for writing support services or to learn about upcoming workshops, please contact:

Diane Simone
Aboriginal Learning Support Facilitator
Email: dsimone@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 553326

Sarena Johnson
Liaison, Ryerson Student Affairs
Email: sarena.johnson@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 552423

A student typing on a laptop during the online Writing Circle event

Laptop Loan Program

The Laptop Loan Program provides access to computers for Aboriginal 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.