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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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Northeast view of City of Oshawa

COVID-19’s lessons for community service delivery: local ideas drive local solutions

The unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic form the focus of a new online course this summer for upper-year students at Ontario Tech University and Trent University Durham GTA. In partnership with the City of Oshawa, the City Idea Lab course has students exploring how communities can ‘future proof’ their services so they can be prepared for when the next crisis hits.

Specially designed grad boxes were shipped to the class of 2020.

Ontario Tech University honours class of 2020 with virtual celebration

For university students, walking across the Convocation stage to receive their degree parchment signals both the end of an era and a new beginning. While Ontario Tech University’s traditional in-person Convocation celebration was not possible in June due to COVID-19 restrictions, the university wanted to do something special to mark the class of 2020’s accomplishments and cheer them on from a distance.

Ontario Tech University alumna Lena McNeill (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science), class of 2020).

Ontario Tech workshop helps Indigenous student align passion with entrepreneurship

Understanding your personal gifts and talents is one of the secrets to successful entrepreneurship. Ontario Tech University alumna Lena McNeill (Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Laboratory Science), class of 2020) learned this while participating in a recent university-led entrepreneurship workshop for Indigenous students.

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.

Software and Informatics Research Centre, Ontario Tech University

Dr. Steven Murphy’s statement on racism and violence

The Ontario Tech University community is deeply concerned with the disturbing incidents of racism and acts of violence witnessed over the past several days. It is particularly distressing to watch members of Black communities once again experience acts of hatred and violence.

Student learning online

Ontario Tech University introduces Student Experience Guarantee for Fall 2020

Ontario Tech University recognizes its students have big questions about what their university experience will look like when they begin their studies or return in Fall 2020. That’s why Ontario Tech is offering all students an Experience Guarantee. Any full- or part-time student enrolled in the Fall 2020 term not satisfied with the quality of their university experience can withdraw from their program by Friday, October 9, and receive a full refund, without penalty.

Typography image - connecting socially while respecting physical distancing.

Good mental-health practices are everyone’s responsibility, says Ontario Tech researcher

Social connection is this year’s theme for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday, May 4 through Sunday, May 10). Research shows that social connection and social support are key factors that protect and promote good mental health. The good news is, you don’t have to be in physical proximity to nurture a sense of closeness and connection.

Douglas Allingham, Chair, Ontario Tech University Board of Governors (far right), with student volunteers.

Ontario Tech University applauds its volunteers for their dedicated service to the university

During National Volunteer Week (Sunday, April 19 to Saturday, April 25), Ontario Tech University celebrates and thanks its many volunteers, including the university’s Board of Governors, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Throughout the academic year, they contribute their time and resources to serve our community in countless ways. The university accomplishes so much more, thanks to their dedication and generosity.

Dr. Serena Sohrab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Ontario Tech University.

How to meet the challenges of working and learning from home

At Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Business and Information Technology organizational behaviour and human resources researcher Dr. Serena Sohrab says working or studying at home presents a new set of stressors and challenges for remaining productive.

Students talking in front of Ontario Tech University building

Ontario Tech University creates $1 million matching fund for student relief

Ontario Tech University students are experiencing financial need like never before due to emergency measures brought on by COVID-19. Many students have lost their part-time jobs with limited prospects for summer employment. To support its students Ontario Tech created the $1-million Student Relief Fund where all donations will be matched by the university.