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TMU Aboriginal Student Services

The Aboriginal Education Council works in collaboration with RASS to provide a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.

Their role is to provide specialized services for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between TMU and the Aboriginal community.

Visit the RASS website to learn more.

Watch the RASS Orientation 2020 video, external link, opens in new window

A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada. E. Brian Titley

A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System. John S. Milloy

PDF fileAPTN "First Contact" TV Series Workbook, opens in new window

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Canadian Public Opinion of Aboriginal Peoples. Environics Institute for Survey Research -, external link

Children of the Broken Treaty. Charlie Angus

Decolonization Handbook: PDF file"Whose Land Is It Anyway?", opens in new window Peter McFarlane & Nicole Shabus

PDF fileDecolonization is not a metaphor - Eve Tuck, K. Wayne Yang

Determinants of Indigenous peoples’ health in Canada: beyond the social. Margo Greenwood, Sarah de Leeuw, Nicole Lindsay & Charlotte Reading

“Enough To Keep Them Alive”: Indian Social Welfare in Canada, 1873-1965. Hugh Shewell

Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territory -, external link, external link

Inconvenient Indian, A Curious Account of Native People in North America. Thomas King

Indigenous Men & Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration. Kim Anderson & Robert Innes

PDF file"Indigenous youth exploring identities through food security in Canada and Brazil"

Migration Borders Freedom, external link, opens in new window by Harald Bauder

Ontario First Nations Maps:, external link

Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies and Indians. Darrell Dennis

Peace, Power, Righteousness: An indigenous manifesto. Taiaiake Alfred

Primer: Canadian Law on Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. University of British Columbia Faculty of Law – Available online

Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People. Available online at, external link

Strong Helpers' Teachings: The Value of Indigenous Knowledges in the Helping Professions. Cyndy Baskin

Cyndy Ann Baskin, Bonnie Guarisco, Ruth Koleszar-Green, Nadya Melanson, Cheryl Osawamick

PDF fileTeachings on Semah (Tobacco) - Protocol on seeking the advice of Traditional Resource people

PDF fileThe S-Word: Discourse, Stereotypes and the American Indian Woman, opens in new window

PDF fileThe Sociolinguistics of the "S- Word": Squaw in American Placenames, opens in new window

The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future and Idle No More Movement. The Kino-nda-niimi Collective

They Came for the Children: Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and Residential Schools. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

PDF fileTRC reccomended readings and film list, opens in new window

Treaties –, external link

Treaty No. 9. John Long

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Available online at PDF file, external link

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call. Arthur Manuel

Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada. Paulette Regan

Wicihitowin: Aboriginal social work in Canada. Raven Sinclair, Michael Hart & Gord Bruyere

Women of the First Nations: Power, wisdom, strength. Christine Miller & Patricia Chuchryk

"PDF fileWomen of the Shining Light: Developing Collaboration Between Pregnant/Parenting Aboriginal Women with Substance Misuse Challenges, Substance Misuse Treatment Counsellors, and Child Welfare Workers." is based on a recent research project with Dr. Cyndy Baskin as co-principal investigator.

2Spirited People of the 1st Nations, external link

Aboriginal Housing Support Centre, external link

Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit, external link

Aboriginal Voices Radio, external link

Aboriginal Legal Services, external link

Anduhyaun Shelter, external link

Anishnawbe Health Toronto , external link

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses, external link

Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT), external link

Chiefs of Ontario, external link

Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, external link, opens in new window

Dodem Kanonhsa’ Culture and Education Lodge, external link

First Nations House at University of Toronto, external link  

First Nation School of Toronto, external link  

George Brown College Native Student Services

ImagineNative Film and Media Festival, external link

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, external link

Indspire (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), external link

Miziwe Biik Aboriginl Employment and Training, external link

NaMeRes – Native Men’s Residence, external link

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, external link

Native Child & Family Services, external link

Native Earth Performing Arts Inc., external link

Native Women’s Resource Centre, external link, opens in new window

Nekenaan Second Stage Housing, external link, opens in new window

Nishnawbe Homes Inc, external link, opens in new window.

Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS strategy, external link

Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centers, external link

Southern Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI), external link

Wigwamen Inc., external link

Developing an understanding about Indigenous history, as well as Truth and Reconciliation, must include an acknowledgement of various terms and languages, as well as their given contexts and histories. As time and cultures change, the meanings of words and their usage do too. Access the guide below to help inform your decisions on terminology.  

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) is overcoming the legacy of a painful past. For years there was a lack of understanding of the concerns of its Indigenous community and little desire to accept responsibility to address these concerns. There was also a reluctance to acknowledge the harmful role played by the university’s previous namesake.

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