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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 the connection volunteers provide to our Ontario Tech community

From left: Ontario Tech Alumni Association Council members Muhammad Mahad, Astrid De Souza and Kaitlynn Gambier.
From left: Ontario Tech Alumni Association Council members Muhammad Mahad, Astrid De Souza and Kaitlynn Gambier.

To mark National Volunteer Week from Sunday, April 24 to Saturday, April 30, Ontario Tech University celebrates and gives thanks to the people who are involved in giving back and enriching the lives of our students all year long.

Volunteer Canada has declared this year’s National Volunteer Week theme ‘Empathy in Action’ to emphasize the undeniable connection between volunteerism and compassion for others.

Ontario Tech’s Board of Governors, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and community members are working towards a common purpose, preparing our students to become the next generation of problem solvers, future leaders and community builders. Whether they serve on committees and boards, or help with on-campus events and varsity sports, our volunteers contribute to a vibrant, inclusive student experience and assist in cultivating a welcoming environment for all.


“At Ontario Tech University, we see first-hand a stronger university community as a result of our volunteers and the connection they provide. We are grateful for our volunteers and would like to thank them for the time, knowledge, empathy and passion they share with our students, alumni, faculty and staff.”
-Yvonne Stefanin, Director, Philanthropy, Ontario Tech University