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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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What is sustainability?

Sustainability means our needs are met, without jeopardizing future generation’s ability to do the same. Sustainability is a three-tiered thought process encompassing environmental well-being, social justice and economic prosperity.

Ontario Tech University is committed to ensuring that sustainability is reflected in our policy, planning and decision-making processes. As an institution of higher learning, Ontario Tech University values the opportunity to play a vital role in supporting principles of sustainability. The university seeks to be both a model and catalyst of change by demonstrating stewardship of the natural and built environment in a manner that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible.

Environmental sustainability

  • Earth’s environmental systems are balanced.
  • Natural resources are not overconsumed and are able to replenish themselves.
  • People make responsible decisions that minimize their negative environmental impact.

Economic sustainability

  • People and communities around the world have access to resources and finances to meet their needs.
  • Economic development happens without harming ecological health or social equity.
  • Secure sources of livelihood are available.

Social sustainability

  • Social justice is ensured.
  • Human rights and basic needs are universally met by all people.
  • Resources are in place and available to ensure families and communities are healthy.
  • People are protected by respecting personal, labour and cultural rights.