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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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Fair Trade at Ontario Tech


Ontario Tech recognizes the importance of supporting Fair Trade procurement as it aligns with the institution's commitment to sustainability. As a campus that strives for social justice and ethical practices, Ontario Tech is actively working towards becoming a Fair Trade Campus. By embracing Fair Trade principles, we aim to distinguish ourselves as leaders in promoting a more equitable global economy. 

Through educational opportunities, engagement of faculty members, students, and the integration of fair trade products into our campus, Ontario Tech seeks to raise awareness, and empower our campus community to make ethical choices. We believe that by becoming a Fair Trade Campus, we can demonstrate our dedication to social responsibility and inspire others to join us in creating a more sustainable future.

These are some of the ways in which we are working on promoting Fair Trade at Ontario Tech:

  • Running a Fair Trade steering committee
    • Balanced membership of volunteers and administrative representatives on our steering committee.
    • Regular meetings to discuss goals, assess progress, and adjust fair trade initiatives.
    • Expanded variety of Fair Trade certified products on campus, encouraged others to meet criteria, and submitted annual progress reports.
  • Offering Fair Trade products at campus operated dining locations
    • Fair Trade coffee (Mountain View Estates & our own brand RIDGEBACK Brew).
    • Fair Trade tea (Numi Organic Tea).
    • Fair Trade chocolate bar (camino). 

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  • Hosting, engaging and educational Fair Trade events
    • Handing out educational materials, Fair Trade products and teaching the community on the importance of Fair Trade (events: Sustainability Pop-Up, Sustainability Fest).