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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 Nursing grad Rachel Radyk’s inspiring academic journey

It is often said that no two students take the same academic journey. When Rachel Radyk earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ontario Tech University in June 2021, it was a moment of both celebration and of deep reflection on where her journey began and where it has taken her.

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Community message: Marieval Indian Residential School burial site

Today we learned about the appalling discovery of 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. This is another painful and shameful reminder of the long road ahead as we take crucial steps forward towards reconciliation. Ontario Tech University supports all efforts to unearth these horrors and more accurately account a cruel history.

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

Ontario Tech honours National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to honour the diverse heritages, languages, cultural practices, and worldview of the First Peoples of this land, and acknowledge their historic contributions to the development of Canada. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, held annually on June 21.

Community message: Kamloops Indian Residential School burial site

The recent news of the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school is heartbreaking. It’s a tragic reminder of the terrible and reprehensible legacy of residential schools and the shameful acts that occurred.

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

Participate in Treaties Recognition Week – November 2 to 6

At Ontario Tech University, Treaties Recognition Week from November 2 to 6 will raise awareness of the treaties agreed to between Indigenous nations and the Crown (government) in Right of Ontario over the last 250 years.

Sunday, June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada.

Ontario Tech celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21

For the past quarter-century, June 21 has marked Indigenous Peoples Day, offering all Canadians a symbolic opportunity to learn more about the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Red dresses displayed in Ontario Tech University's North Oshawa Campus Library.

REDress Campus Campaign to shine spotlight on MMIWG2S crisis – February 10 to 14

From Monday, February 10 to Friday, February 14, the REDress Campus Campaign at Ontario Tech University and Durham College will raise awareness, generate conversation, inspire action and honour those who have been touched by the historic and ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) crisis.

Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University, signs the Dimensions charter.

Ontario Tech President signs new equity, diversity and inclusion charter

Ontario Tech University proudly joins universities across Canada to advance institutional equity, diversity and inclusion, with the signing of the Dimensions charter. The charter was announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan. The goal is to have Canadian institutions endorse the charter and commit to helping drive deeper cultural change within the research ecosystem.

Ontario Tech University's new logo.

Dawn of a new era: Say hello to Ontario Tech University

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology will begin writing a new chapter in the coming months as it transitions to a distinct new brand. Between now and the start of the next academic year in September, the campus will transform into Ontario Tech University. The university will sport a new look and feel with an exciting new visual identity and market positioning.

From left: In Future History, speaker/activist Sarain Fox and artist/archeologist Kris Nahrgang meet innovators who share their Indigenous knowledge to rewrite history and transform the future.

Watch the Future History docuseries

Looking for more ways to participate in the #Next150 challenge? The Campus Libraries have acquired streaming license for Future History, a docuseries about shifting the colonial narrative and celebrating the reclamation of Indigenous knowledge and identity.

Dr. Shilpa Dogra, Associate Professor and Director of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences speaks at International Day of Women and Girls in Science announcement at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (February 11, 2019). Also at podium (from left): Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Whitby MP; The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport; and The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality.

Government of Canada ensures Canada’s research community is as diverse as our country

On February 11, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, unveiled the draft Made-in Canada Athena SWAN Charter, and announced the creation of a new fund to foster equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research. The federal announcement was made at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.