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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 University marks National Indigenous History Month

Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at Ontario Tech University's downtown Oshawa campus location.
Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at Ontario Tech University's downtown Oshawa campus location.

Each June, Canada celebrates National Indigenous History Month, a time to reflect upon and learn the history, cultures, sacrifices and strength of the First Peoples of this land and acknowledge their historic contributions to the development of Canada. June also marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21.

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services Events and Workshops

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) hosts regular events, including ceremonies, cultural workshops, and guest speakers. In addition to these events, IECS also hosts workshops and provides class presentations that introduce attendees to the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, such as residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and how these continue to impact Indigenous Peoples today.

Events and workshops happening in June:
Strawberry Teaching Ceremony

On Thursday, June 1 at 1 p.m. Elder Dorothy Taylor will share the teaching and medicine of the strawberry, also known as the heart berry. Within the Thirteen Grandmother Moon Teachings, June is known as Ode’min Giizis (Strawberry moon).

Please note: The length of the ceremony will be dependent on the number of participants in attendance. As it is a ceremony, we have not included an end time to be respectful of ceremonial protocols.

This ceremony will be held outdoors, behind the Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building (overlooking the stormwater pond). 

Anishinaabemowin-Indigenous Language Workshop

On Tuesday, June 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. Anishinaabe Kwe facilitators Alyssa McLeod and Jocelyne Pelletier will speak about their journey of language revitalization and reclamation through this interactive workshop.

Highlighting common and/or everyday language from First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Nations, this workshop will have a primary focus on Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language). Participants will have a chance to learn introductory phrases and words from local First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages including place names throughout Durham Region and the Province of Ontario.

This event will begin with a ceremonial smudge. Participation in the smudge is optional.

The workshop will be held in Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 133.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on June 21 annually to honour and celebrate the rich, beautiful traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis nations.
This year, Ontario Tech will recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day with an event on Monday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Indigenous performers with an interactive component throughout the celebration.

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