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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 awarded new funding to support work-integrated learning opportunities for under-represented students

Pre-pandemic image of Ontario Tech students doing community development work with Faculty of Social Science and Humanities community partner LivingRoom Community Art Studio.
Pre-pandemic image of Ontario Tech students doing community development work with Faculty of Social Science and Humanities community partner LivingRoom Community Art Studio.

Students with Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) will enjoy access to expanded work-integrated learning opportunities this summer, thanks to a new grant from Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

The FSSH program ‘Community Pathways’ will remove barriers faced by students from traditionally under-represented groups, and use technology to enhance and support programming. Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will increase their capacity for service delivery while building new career-relevant pathways for students to develop and express their specialized skill sets. 

“We have partnered with nine NGOs from a variety of sectors, and each organization will orchestrate a project involving two or three of our fourth-year Practicum students,” says Dan Walters, Practicum and Internship Co-ordinator, FSSH. “Each student will be able to accomplish something of value for their surrounding community while strengthening their own job readiness, technological agility, collaborative skills and self-directed learning.”

The FSSH Experiential Learning office’s application for CEWIL Innovation Hub funding was selected from among numerous applications across Canada. 

“The timing of this funding is important, because many of our non-profit partners are working around the clock to manage the hardships of the pandemic,” says Juanita Barton, Practicum and Internship Co-ordinator, FSSH. “These partners support vulnerable populations in the community, so it’s a great feeling to invest in organizations that help our community get back on its feet. It’s a chance to give thanks to our community partners while fostering a spirit of social entrepreneurship.”

Participating FSSH programs
  • Political Science
  • Criminology and Justice
  • Legal Studies
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology

The projects will be completed between June 21 and August 3 and culminate in a virtual showcase of outcomes at the end of the summer.

Community projects examples
  • Co-ordinating a virtual Pride event.
  • Creating online restorative justice programming for under-supported youth.
  • Expanding pro-social mentorship models and research-based workshops for girls.
  • Developing online mentorship for Black, Indigenous and people of colour youth.
  • Development of a social media campaign, service navigation tool, and outreach strategy for individuals without stable, permanent, or appropriate access to food and/or housing in Durham Region.
  • Development of a new digital engagement strategy for a local art gallery.
  • Creation of an enhanced model of engaging remote and/or racialized artists throughout Oshawa (based on survey results of priority neighbourhoods).
Participating community partners
  • AIDS Committee of Durham Region
  • CAREA Community Health Centre
  • Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region
  • Durham Deaf Services
  • Durham Outlook
  • Girls Inc.
  • LivingRoom Community Art Studio
  • Robert McLaughlin Gallery
  • Their Opportunity