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Programming, Outreach and Resources

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) at Ontario Tech works in collaboration with internal and external community partners, to deliver numerous education and awareness programs throughout the year. 

There are a number of initiatives, programs and opportunities that are open to members of the public and First Nation, Métis and Inuit community members. 

We are committed to supporting the development and strengthening of reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations. 

The Indigenous Community Engagement Co-ordinator supports the development of ongoing relationships and works toward creating opportunities for new relationships. Through Indigenous-focused programming, presentations, workshops, webinars, community visits, school visits and information sessions, they aim to increase awareness on the following topics:

  • Community-based resources to support Indigenous learners (high school and post-secondary level).
  • Ontario Tech programs and services. 
  • Pathway options through mainstream and Indigenous-specific institutions.
  • Scholarships, bursaries and funding options for Indigenous learners.

Community members are welcome to bring hearts and minds together as we explore various topics pertaining to Indigenous histories, culture, ways of knowing and experiences. We offer multiple events, as well as recognition of national and regional awareness days such as:

  • Bannock and Books Club
  • Moose Hide Campaign
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Treaties Recognition Week

There are many other initiatives and events that we invite our community to take part in. Join us in learning more about them!

IECS events and workshops

The university offers a variety of summer camps on topics such as robotics and technology, design and innovation, coding and gaming and much more throughout July and August. 

Turtle Island Summer Camp takes place annually for a week in August for youth aged 9 to 13

Participants will learn from Indigenous community members and Traditional Knowledge Keepers while exploring the relationship between Indigenous knowledge and STEAM programs.

This camp is open to all students and learners—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—looking to learn more about land-based teachings.

The fee is waived for Indigenous children and youth applying to Turtle Island Camp. Indigenous registrants/families are encouraged to contact to receive information about the registration and application process. 

Learn more about Turtle Island Summer Camp

Designed specifically for Indigenous youth by Indigenous science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

Grounded in Indigenous land-based learning, demonstrating the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, STEM and engineering design.

We're pleased to offer the program to youth at no cost to families, with the generous support of Actua and the Government of Canada’s CanCode program.

Learn more about Indigenous youth STEM programs

Ontario Tech is one of a handful of Canadian universities to receive the Age-friendly University (AFU) designation from the AFU Global Network.

The university is committed to becoming a more inclusive and accessible part of the community. We want to showcase some of the programs and services available to older adults in the community and more importantly, have you tell us what we can do for you to offer programs, services and events that work for you.

Learn more about our AFU