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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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Celebrating Pride Month at Ontario Tech

Ontario Tech honours pride month this June.
Ontario Tech honours pride month this June.

Every June, Ontario Tech University celebrates Pride Month in recognition of the progress made to achieve equal rights and inclusion for LGBTQ2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer or Questioning, and Two-Spirit) individuals, and to affirm and honour their lives.

Pride Month takes place in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that took place in New York City in June 1969. This date in history served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement and LGBTQ2S+ activism.

Throughout the month of June, the university will host events that honour, celebrate, and affirm the dignity, equality, and increased visibility for people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. The university encourages everyone to reflect on how we each play a part in ensuring the advancement of these human rights, and many others, so that we all feel welcome and can fully access, participate, and thrive in all aspects of our community.

Join Pride Month celebrations:

Initiatives and discussion groups for students

The university’s 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.

June’s initiatives:

  • Let’s Talk Sex Workshop, Body Talk: Thursday, June 3
  • Pride Space: Biweekly meetings begin Thursday, June 10
  • Let’s Talk Sex Workshop, HIV and Our Community: Thursday, June 17
  • RISE: Sexual Orientation: Tuesday, June 22
  • Pride Night (collaborative event with Ontario Tech, Durham College, and Aids Committee of Durham Region: Wednesday, June 23
  • RISE: Trans Identities: Tuesday, June 29
  • Equity Talks session: Ace and Aro identities: Wednesday, June 30

Digital campaigns

The Office of Student Life will share quizzes and videos on their Instagram Stories. Check out Student Life on Instagram.

Literature collection for the Campus Libraries

Check out Pride Month and LGBTQ2S+ Gender Identity, a collection of literature compiled by the Campus Libraries.