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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.

PET Mandate

The mandate of the PET includes preparation of a comprehensive inventory of existing and suggested equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the context of the university’s mission, and to provide recommendations to those initiatives, as appropriate, based on broad consultation.

The goal of the PET is to mobilize a diverse movement of people across the university to create and establish equitable and inclusive practices at UOIT within a three-year term. Specifically, it will:

  • Advise on the development of strategies for implementing the best equity and inclusion policies and practices at UOIT;
  • Advise on equity and inclusion training and programming;
  • Identify ongoing initiatives at the university and coordinate complementary
    efforts;
  • Increase outreach efforts to diverse communities, and
  • Assist and advise in the analysis of workforce and employment systems to
    identify and propose solutions for areas of inequality and discrimination.

The work of the PET will be done through broad consultation across the university community, including faculty, students, administrative staff, and other groups (e.g. UOIT Student Union, UOIT Faculty Association, Women in Science Committee, Indigenous Education Advisory Circle, Healthy Sexuality Committee), as well as external community partners.

Legislative Requirements