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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Ontario Tech University marks Black History Month

Black History Month graphic

Each February, Canadians celebrate Black History Month in recognition of the achievements, contributions, culture and rich history of Black Canadians and their communities. Black History Month also shines a spotlight on systemic anti-Black racism and provides opportunities to discuss how to advocate for and work toward change.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are fundamental values for Ontario Tech University. This year, the university will celebrate Black History Month in a variety of ways, including virtual programs, events, initiatives and resources that highlight Black Canadian culture, promote an awareness of history, and provide an open space for conversations about EDI:

Building our Economy through Black Entrepreneurship – February 24

On Wednesday, February 24, join Brilliant Catalyst, Ontario Tech’s innovation and experiential learning hub, for a dynamic virtual conversation highlighting the experiences of local Black entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Panelists:

  • The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Federal Government of Canada
  • John Russell, Chairman and Founder, RBro Solutions: Starting and growing a business
  • Boyd Reid, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, Hop In Microtransit Technologies Inc.: Generating business ideas
  • Frederica Black, Founder and Event Manager, Frederica Black Events: Finding Events and Audiences
  • Tennille Spencer, Founder and President, Deeply Dope Tees: Overcoming Major Challenges for Small Businesses

To participate, register on the Eventbrite page.

Literature collection from the Campus Libraries

Check out The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, a collection of literature compiled by the Campus Libraries that highlights the history, experiences and perspectives of Black people. Follow the Campus Libraries on Instagram to see featured resources.

Initiatives and discussion groups for students

Throughout the year, the Office of Student Life hosts a number of events and discussion groups that focus on equity and inclusion. These initiatives provide opportunities for students to share ideas, find community, learn from one another and promote a culture of empathy across the university.

February’s initiatives include:
  • Black Student-Centred Space: Wednesday, February 10
  • Not Another Black Life Discussion Group: Monday, February 22
  • Conversation Café - Black History Month session: Thursday, February 25
  • Anti-Racism Book Club: weekly

Digital campaigns

The Office of Student Life is collecting video submissions from Black students for a social media campaign exploring topics such as:

  • What does being Black mean to me?
  • How to be a better ally.

Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, February 16. Check out Student Life on Instagram and Twitter.

The Black, Indigenous and/or People of Colour (BIPOC) club is also highlighting various aspects of Black history and culture through informational social media posts every Friday. Follow them on Instagram.

Throughout the month, Ridgeback student-athletes are sharing their thoughts about Black individuals who have inspired them. Check out the Ridgebacks on Instagram and Twitter.