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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 celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21

Sunday, June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.
Sunday, June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.

The summer solstice in late June provides the Northern Hemisphere’s longest single-day amount of daylight. For generations, the longest day of the year has been a significant gathering and celebration time for many Indigenous peoples. 

For the past quarter-century, June 21 has marked Indigenous Peoples Day, offering all Canadians a symbolic opportunity to learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Recognized by Canada’s Constitution, these groups share many similarities, but also have their own distinct language and spiritual beliefs.

A vital aspect of bridging gaps between communities involves education, listening, learning and teaching.


“One of the most important ways we can honour our Canadian citizenship is by recognizing and learning more about the rich histories, diverse cultures and significant contributions of Indigenous peoples. On June 21, I encourage our campus community to commit to sincere reflection on the legacies of colonialism and how we, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together, can build new, respectful and mutually beneficial relationships in Canada.”
-Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

How can you join in 2020 National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations?