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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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Ontario Tech joins National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

Memorial event set for Friday, December 6


The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in partnership with the Women in Engineering Club invites the campus community and the local community to a memorial ceremony to remember the 14 women who were murdered in an act of gender-based violence at École Polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989.

On Friday, December 6, Ontario Tech University will hold a short ceremony to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The ceremony will take place in the Automotive Centre of Excellence, first-floor Atrium (which connects to the OPG Engineering Building) from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. and will include a candle lighting, the reading of the victims’ names and a moment of silence.

This year the ceremony will also focus on the stories of 31 engineering alumna from across Canada who graduated within three years of the 1989 tragedy, and whose careers exemplify the value that women bring to the engineering profession and to society.

As the campus comes together to honor this national tragedy, we would like attendees to reflect on the violence that remains a daily reality for girls and women around the world. We encourage guests to share the actions they are taking in their own communities and in their own lives to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence; by writing down a pledge and attaching it to the tree of action. 

Fourteen not forgotten ... 30 years later

  • Geneviève Bergeron, Civil Engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan, Mechanical Engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau, Mechanical Engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault, Mechanical Engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward, Chemical Engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick, Materials Engineering student
  • Maryse Laganière, budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's Finance department
  • Maryse Leclair, Materials Engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, Mechanical Engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier, Mechanical Engineering student
  • Michèle Richard, Materials Engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault, Mechanical Engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte, Materials Engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Nursing student

Media contact
Samantha Munro
Communications Co-ordinator
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
905.721.8668 ext. 3568