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The university is dedicated to student success and is committed to supporting incoming and continuing students. We encourage students with First Nations, Métis or Inuit ancestry to complete the voluntary self-identification form. In doing so, the university recognizes that many Indigenous students prefer to use terms and language specific to their cultural background(s) and/or communities.

See what some of our students have said about the benefits of their self-identification journey:

About Self-Identification

  • What is Indigenous self-identification?

    Self-identification is a voluntary process designed to help identify and connect with Indigenous students studying at the university.

  • Who can self-identify?

    Any student of First Nations, Métis or Inuit ancestry studying at our university may self-identify. This includes status and non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and Native American students from the United States of America. Proof of Indigenous ancestry or membership is not a requirement.

  • What will my self-identification information be used for?
    • Connecting with prospective university applicants.
    • Creating a mailing list to notify students about upcoming programming, available services and targeted job opportunities.
    • Determining eligibility for scholarships and bursaries available to Indigenous students.
    • Developing funding requests and allocating resources.
    • Developing policies that support the needs of Indigenous learners.
    • Granting One Card access to the Indigenous student space at the north Oshawa campus location.
    • Planning and improving services.
    • Providing anonymized demographic information to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to meet reporting requirements. 
  • How will this information be protected?

    Personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, SO 2002, c. 8, Sch. O. and will be collected, protected, used, disclosed and retained in compliance with Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act R.S.O. 1990, c. F.31. This information will be used for the purposes indicated above.

    Questions regarding the collection of your personal information may be directed to:

    Ontario Tech University Access and Privacy Office
    2000 Simcoe Street North
    Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4
    Phone: 905.721.8668, ext. 6705

    If you have further questions on self-identification, please email