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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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Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day.

Ontario Tech University to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

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

Ontario Tech announces 2023 Joyce Family Foundation Success Award recipients

Over Ontario Tech’s first two decades, the university has established a culture of community support for student success through a growing base of philanthropic groups and individuals. Among these generous organizations is The Joyce Family Foundation, a private, family foundation created by the late Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce, whose philanthropy reflected a deep-rooted sense of responsibility to give back to his community.

City of Oshawa's PulsePoint Respond app and AED registry.

Ontario Tech research project generates creation of life-saving PulsePoint Respond app

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

Ontario Tech University marks National Indigenous History Month

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.

Ontario Tech honours pride month this June.

Ontario Tech marks Pride Month

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.


Ontario Tech University recognizes Mental Health Week: May 1 to 7

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Unveiling of the S.E. Lovell Family Nursing Innovation Laboratory in Shawenjigewining Hall, at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location (March 1, 2023). From left: Dr. Janet McCabe, Associate Dean, Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University; with Lovell Family representatives Linda McGill, Arthur Lovell and Diana Kirk; and Clive Waugh, Director, Gift Planning, Office of Advancement, Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech names Nursing laboratory to honour legacy of Lovell Family’s philanthropy

OSHAWA, ONTARIO – Ontario Tech University held an official plaque unveiling at Shawenjigewining Hall on March 1 to recognize the generous, continued support of the Lovell Family. Ontario Tech’s nursing innovation suite now bears the name S.E. Lovell Family Simulation Laboratory, recognizing the Lovell Family’s legacy of supporting the university, and honouring the memory of Stanley Lovell, who was President of the Lovell Drugs pharmacy chain from 1971 to 2000.