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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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President’s Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force

The President's Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force understands that fulfilling this purpose requires broader curricular, institutional and social change, as stated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and that non-Indigenous people are required to play a significant role in reconciliation. The task force is committed to promoting reconciliation and to building relationships of mutual respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in all of its actions.

The purpose of the President's Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force (PIRT) is to work in consultation with the Indigenous Education Advisory Circle (IEAC) to review the goals and recommendations of the report Role in Reconciliation: Options and Opportunities in Indigenizing Curricula. The PIRT and IEAC will also identify strategic priorities, determine measurable objectives and resource implications and ultimately create a three-year plan designed to increase our capacity to recruit, support, retain and graduate Indigenous learners.

The membership of the PIRT will include:

  • Co-Chair, Ontario Tech Faculty Member appointed by the Provost (also Co-Chair of Indigenous Education Advisory Circle)

  • Co-Chair, Local First Nation Community Member (also Co-Chair of Indigenous Education Advisory Circle)

  • First Nation Elder

  • Education Advisor/Manager/Director, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

  • Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

  • Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning or delegate

  • Associate Dean, Quality Enhancement or delegate

  • Associate Registrar, Enrolment Management or delegate

  • AVP Human Resources or delegate

  • AVP Student Life or delegate

  • University Librarian

  • Indigenous Cultural Advisor

  • Indigenous Programming Specialist

  • Two Indigenous Ontario Tech Students (also members of the President’s Indigenous Education Advisory Circle)

Members serve for a two-year, renewable term. 

The President's Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force will provide recommendations to the Provost after receiving approval from the Indigenous Education Advisory Circle and keep the Provost's office apprised on its progress and directions on a regular basis through the Co-Chairs.
The task force will meet at least four times during the academic year, with additional meetings as determined by President's Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force members.
Support for the President's Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force (e.g. meeting and travel expenses) will be provided by the Provost’s Office.

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