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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’s response to hate-motivated incident at University of Waterloo

Ontario Tech University north Oshawa campus location.
Ontario Tech University north Oshawa campus location.

Ontario Tech University upholds its commitment to supporting a safe campus for the advancement of knowledge. The hate-motivated incident that occurred during a University of Waterloo Gender Studies class on June 28, which targeted members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and women, is unacceptable. While this incident sits outside of Ontario Tech, hate towards any group or individual affects us all and we stand with the victims, families and global citizens, including our campus community members, who may have been impacted by this incident.

Ontario Tech stands firm against all forms of discrimination, racism and hate. This incident serves as a reminder that, through our individual and collective actions, we must nurture a campus culture of inclusion and belonging, where every community member feels safe, respected and supported.

The university reminds students, faculty and staff about the resources and supports available to support them in their individual healing journeys: