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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-Identification

The university is dedicated to student success and is committed to supporting incoming and continuing students. The university encourages 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
    Email: accessandprivacy@ontariotechu.ca.

    If you have further questions on self-identification, please email indigenous@ontariotechu.ca