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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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UOIT celebrates Indigenous Awareness Week

The Welcoming Celebration on September 28 featured Eddy Robison, Owner of Morningstar River, a business that offers Aboriginal education and cultural workshops.
The Welcoming Celebration on September 28 featured Eddy Robison, Owner of Morningstar River, a business that offers Aboriginal education and cultural workshops.

In support of diversity on campus, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Indigenous Student Services team hosted the university’s second-annual Indigenous Awareness Week from September 28 to October 2.

“Indigenous Awareness Week is a great opportunity for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology community to come together to learn more about Indigenous culture,” said Jill Treen, Student Development Specialist – Indigenous Programming. “We are especially proud that the event was entirely planned by students as a way of promoting inclusivity on campus. Miigwetch - thank you in Ojibwe - to everyone who supported this initiative!”

The Welcoming Celebration on September 28 featured Eddy Robison, Owner of Morningstar River, a business that offers Aboriginal education and cultural workshops. Students, staff and faculty enjoyed traditional Indigenous drumming, dancing and a corn roast.

Throughout the rest of the week, more than 400 participants had an opportunity to try traditional Indigenous food and experience the culture through several workshops and events held at the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre. At the workshops, participants learned how to:

  • Create a dream catcher.
  • Learn traditional beading techniques.
  • Make a pair of moccasins.

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