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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.

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Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419
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We find ourselves once again offering our thoughts and our support to Indigenous communities as reports come in of hundreds of Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves in Saskatchewan. Community leaders told us there would be more. Family members knew there were more. And, sadly, as communities across the country search the grounds of former residential schools, there will no doubt be hundreds more tiny bodies located. 

The pain this is causing families who lost their children years ago with no words of sympathy or explanation is unimaginable. The intergenerational trauma flowing from the horrific experiences of the residential schools continues to leave Indigenous communities struggling with individual and collective grief. 

The colonial structures that enabled the violence of residential schools today resonates in our prisons and jails, in our educational systems and curricula, and in our abandonment of remote communities who still live without clean water or basic utilities. The patterns are not a closed historical chapter but an ongoing one. Until each and every recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee report has been enacted, in a partnership between Indigenous communities and federal and provincial governments, the book remains open. 

Join us in demanding that we continue to seek truth while working – authentically – toward reconciliation.

The On Canada Project: Settlers Take Action

The On Canada Project: Settlers Take Action

Find helpful resources and learn more about the amazing work that this grass-roots, volunteer-based project is doing to "make this moment of mourning a movement for change".
Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action

Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Calls to Action

Learn about the 94 Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada

University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada

This free course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.