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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 marks National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

University observes the anniversary of the École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre


December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by Parliament, the day commemorates the anniversary of the École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre, in which 14 women were murdered in a tragic and senseless act of gender-based violence:

  • Geneviève Bergeron
  • Hélène Colgan
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse Laganière
  • Maryse Leclair
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Michèle Richard
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is a time to remember those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it.

Ontario Tech memorial ceremony

This year, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) will host its annual commemorative event:

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence underway through Friday, December 10

December 6 falls within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign that kicked off November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and continues through Friday, December 10 (Human Rights Day).

Ontario Tech and Durham College have partnered to provide events and resources related to this campaign.  For more information, visit the university’s and college’s joint Days of Activism website.

Support services

Internal support for faculty and staff

  • LifeWorks, the university’s employee and family assistance program.

Internal support for students

  • On-campus: Student Mental Health Services
  • Off-campus: Good2Talk, a 24/7 support line for post-secondary students.
    • Call 1.866.925.5454 or;
    • Text “GOOD2TALK” to 68686

External supports