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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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Biodiversity at Ontario Tech

Parts of Ontario Tech University are situated along ecologically significant areas that are home to a diverse group of animals, plants, and fungi. These species that call our campus home, contribute to vital ecosystem functions such as soil fertilization, nutrient cycling, pest regulation and pollination. Learning about biodiversity right here at Ontario Tech fosters a deeper connection with nature and a greater understanding on why it is important to preserve it.

How does Ontario Tech preserve biodiversity?

Ontario Tech is dedicated to preserving biodiversity through various initiatives. We prioritize creating diverse habitats and have implemented bird window collision markers, pollinator fields, and bat houses to provide shelter and support for many different species. In 2023 we planted 484 trees, 86 shrubs, 7.5 hectares of wildflowers to contribute to the preservation of the pollinator population. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in practices such as tree planting, avoiding herbicide use, and harnessing renewable energy sources. Through workshops, educational walks and social media posts, we raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity.