Katherine Minich Katherine Minich is a PhD candidate at Ryerson. Motivated by her Indigenous heritage, her dissertation studies freshwater in the Arctic in an age of climate change. Minich is Inuk, born in Nunavut in the town of Pangnirtung on Baffin Island. She says her work is relevant to everyone, citing Qaujimajatuqangit, which in Inuit culture means that each individual is responsible for the land, the wildlife, and the water.
Joanne Dallaire As Ryerson’s campus elder and traditional counsellor, Joanne Dallaire’s job is to understand Indigenous traditions, philosophies and histories and to counsel students and staff. With over 30 years of social services experience, she has worked with the Toronto District School Board, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is the recipient of multiple awards, most recently the Aboriginal Affairs Award. Dallaire is Cree Omeshkego and has ancestry in Attawapiskat, Ont. She says that Indigenous students should be proud of who they are and should remember that their ancestors walk with them: “Keep your eye on the prize, and although you may feel it, you’re not alone.”