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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Self-Directed Learning Resources

There are many additional learning pieces that provide information about Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

Engage with the important resources as we lead up to September 30, and beyond. 

Reconciliation. Not a One Day Affair.

Reconciliation. Not a One Day Affair.

The Honourable Murray Sinclair.

Reconciliation. Not a one day affair.

My message to Canadians is this: Today and every day watch and listen to the stories of survivors, their families and their communities. We must all recognize that the Indian Residential school system is not just something for your history books. It is something that Indigenous peoples are still feeling the effects of each and every day.
- The Honourable Murray Sinclair.

Getting to the Truth

Getting to the Truth

Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

The following is a quote from the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:

"The Commission heard from more than 6,000 witnesses, most of whom survived the experience of living in the schools as students. The stories of that experience are sometimes difficult to accept as something that could have happened in a country such as Canada, which has long prided itself on being a bastion of democracy, peace, and kindness throughout the world. Children were abused, physically and sexually and they died in the schools in numbers that would not have been tolerated in any school system anywhere in the country, or in the world."

READ THE FULL REPORT

Reconciliation as a Relationship.

Reconciliation as a Relationship.

What We Have Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation

What We Have Learned

The following is a quote from the Principles of Truth and Reconciliation:

"All Canadians must now demonstrate the same level of courage and determination, as we commit to an ongoing process of reconciliation. By establishing a new and respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, we will restore what must be restored, repair what must be repaired, and return what must be returned."

READ THE FULL REPORT

Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act.

Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Act.

Action Plan for 2023 to 2028.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act Action Plan

The Action Plan sets out commitments to actions and measures that Canada will take with Indigenous peoples to implement the rights and principles affirmed in the UN Declaration and advance reconciliation in a meaningful, tangible way. The Action Plan includes 181 specific measures to uphold and advance the human rights of Indigenous peoples, address injustices, prejudice, violence, systemic racism and discrimination.

Read the action plan

Residential School Timeline

Residential School Timeline

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Honouring Residential School Survivors

Honouring Residential School Survivors

Listen, watch, read and share.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation presents:

Escaping Residential Schools: Running for Their Lives

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation shares:

The Survivors' Flag

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Learn the history of Orange Shirt Day.

Learn about the significance and history behind the symbol of the orange shirt:

Orange Shirt Day

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People.

Learn more about Red Dress Day.

Learn about the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People:

Red Dress Day

What is Red Dress Day?

Library Guide

Library Guide

Additional Indigenous Resources.