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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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Community Events and Programming

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) at Ontario Tech works in collaboration with internal and external community partners, to deliver numerous education and awareness programs throughout the year. 

There are a number of initiatives, programs and opportunities that are open to members of the public, and First Nation, Métis and Inuit community members. 

The university is committed to supporting the development and strengthening of reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations. 

The Indigenous Community Engagement Co-ordinator supports the development of ongoing relationships and works toward creating opportunities for new relationships. Through Indigenous-focused programming, presentations, workshops, webinars, community visits, school visits and information sessions, they aim to increase awareness on the following topics:

  • Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP).
  • Community-based resources to support Indigenous learners (high school and post-secondary level).
  • Ontario Tech programs and services. 
  • Pathway options through mainstream and Indigenous-specific institutions.
  • Scholarships, bursaries and funding options for Indigenous learners.

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Community members are welcome to bring hearts and minds together as we explore various topics pertaining to Indigenous histories, culture, ways of knowing, and experiences. We offer multiple events, as well as recognition of national and regional awareness days such as:

  • Bannock and Books Club
  • Moose Hide Campaign
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Treaty Recognition Week

There are many other initiatives and events that we invite our community to take part in. Join us in learning more about them!

IECS events and workshops

The university offers a variety of summer camps on topics such as robotics and technology, design and innovation, coding and gaming, and much more throughout July and August. 

Turtle Island Summer Camp takes place annually on a week in August for children and youth aged 9 to 13This year, it is being held August 15 to 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

Participants will learn from Indigenous community members and Traditional Knowledge Keepers while exploring the relationship between Indigenous knowledge, and STEAM programs.

This camp is open to all students and learners—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—looking to learn more about land-based teachings.

The fee is waived for Indigenous children and youth applying to Turtle Island Camp. Indigenous registrants/families are encouraged to contact indigenous@ontariotechu.ca to receive information about the registration and application process. 

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Designed specifically for Indigenous youth by Indigenous science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.

Grounded in Indigenous land-based learning, demonstrating the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, STEM, and engineering design.

We're pleased to offer the program to youth at no cost to families, with the generous support of Actua and the Government of Canada’s CanCode program.

Learn more about Indigenous youth STEM programs

Ontario Tech is one of a handful of Canadian universities to receive the Age-friendly University (AFU) designation from the AFU Global Network.

The university is committed to becoming a more inclusive and accessible part of the community. We want to showcase some of the programs and services available to older adults in the community and more importantly, have you tell us what we can do for you to offer programs, services and events that work for you.

Learn more about our AFU


These programs are designed to:

  • Create safe, welcoming and inclusive spaces for Indigenous students—and the community—to study, work, visit and contribute to community-building.

  • Encourage acts of reconciliation across the university and the broader community. 

  • Enhance relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to build understanding, and provide education on Indigenous worldviews to support Indigenous students and learners. 

  • Learn, discuss, and honour diverse cultures, voices, perspectives, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.

Stay connected!

For more information, visit the IECS website or contact indigenous@ontariotechu.ca. We're happy to help! 

You can also find updates about upcoming events and initiatives on our Ontario Tech Indigenous Education and Cultural Services Facebook page