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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 Pride Month

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 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual) 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 2SLGBTQIA+ activism.

Pride Month honours 2SLGBTQIA+ voices and experiences while drawing attention to the issues members of the community still face, and highlights the continued importance of resisting various forms of transphobia, biphobia and homophobia.

Join Ontario Tech Pride Month celebrations:
Pride Carnival and Pride Flag Raising

Ontario Tech, along with Durham College, are hosting the Together Always, United in Diversity Pride Lunch and Carnival on Wednesday, May 31. The Carnival will include drag performances, games, and food. Ontario Tech President Steven Murphy and a representative from Durham College will raise the Pride flag, which signifies that all people are welcome and belong on our campus.

Pride Lunch and Carnival details:

  • When: Wednesday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: South Village Courtyard
Initiatives and discussion groups for students

The university’s Office of Student Life hosts several 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 Workshops:
    • Disclosure and Coming Out: Wednesday, June 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.
    • Navigating Medical Systems: Wednesday, June 28 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Literature collection for the Campus Library

Check out the Pride Month and gender identity literature collections compiled by the Campus Library.