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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.

Community Consultation

For more than a year the university has worked on developing a policy against violence, sexual violence, harassment and discrimination. It’s important that the university community involve itself in creating this kind of policy.

Following recent consultations with the university community, a new stand-alone student sexual violence policy has been created. Thanks to all those who provided feedback that helped to shape the current policy.

Upcoming steps

As the new policy launches, the university is already engaging the community in ways to improve it stance against Sexual Violence. If you are interested in helping in this process, consider joining the Healthy Sexuality Committee. For more details, contact healthysexuality@ontariotechu.ca.