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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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Indigenous Education and Cultural Services Events and Programming

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services hosts regular events, including ceremonies, cultural workshops, and guest speakers. In addition to these events, we also host workshops and provide class presentations that introduce attendees to the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, such as residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and how these continue to impact Indigenous peoples today.

One-on-one support is available for students who wish to learn more about Indigenous cultures from the Indigenous Cultural Advisor, as well as student mental health counselling from an Indigenous cultural approach. 


Bannock and Books

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Bannock and Books

Bannock and Books is an Indigenous book club series designed to bring hearts and minds together as we explore various topics pertaining to Indigenous culture, ways of knowing and experiences. 

Our featured author is Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. We will be reading Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back. Join us for our sharing circle on Tuesdays from May 14 to June 4 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This event will be available both in a hybrid format and in person at Mukwa's Den, Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 217.

To ensure your participation, please note that the deadline for ordering books is Friday, March 22. Don't miss the opportunity to join this enriching experience and contribute to the vibrant discussions on the chosen chapters. 


Visiting Elder Program

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The Visiting Elder program provides the opportunity to learn from an Indigenous Elder. Elders are important members of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities, and are recognized for their knowledge, experience, wisdom, harmony and balance. 

Check back for more information regarding the next Visiting Elder.