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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 joins national Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology PhD Project

Program aims to increase Indigenous and Black academics in engineering and technology disciplines

Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa campus location.
Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa campus location.

Canadian universities recognize the country needs more Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Black professors in engineering and technology fields across Canada. The promotion of diversity and inclusion is critical to the nation’s economic prosperity, and to help ensure Canada remains competitive and does not fall behind in innovation.

Did you know?
  • According to Engineers Canada, the country faces a potential shortfall of as many as 100,000 engineers by 2025.

To reduce the systemic barriers that exist for junior Indigenous and Black scholars pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering and technology programs, a partnership of engineering faculties across the country has launched the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD Project.

In February, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ontario Tech University joined the IBET PhD Project to provide financial support and foster a supportive, equitable and inclusive research and academic environment to increase the presence of Indigenous and Black academics in engineering and technology. Such support is essential during the rigorous PhD process and beyond, which includes applying to tenured positions.

The program at Ontario Tech is specific to PhD engineering programs offered at the university. It will begin with one PhD student in the 2022-2023 academic year, with the potential of adding a second fellowship in 2023-2024.

Ontario Tech participants will receive $30,000 per year ($25,000 from the faculty/university and $5,000 from their academic supervisor), with a further $11,000 being available in the form of a teaching assistantship.

The IBET PhD Project involving 13 Canadian universities is based on a successful program model in the United States.


We all have different lived experiences, and these differences foster new ways of thinking and facilitate new solutions to our most challenging and relevant problems. As we prepare the next generation of Canadian engineers, Ontario Tech University is proud the IBET PhD Project will promote a stronger presence of what is currently an underrepresented group of young scholars and support an environment in creating much needed role models for future engineers.”
-Dr. Hossam Kishawy, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, Ontario Tech University