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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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Indigenous (Status and non-Status First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit) students at the university are encouraged to complete an Indigenous Self-Identification form, so that we can best support you through your academic studies and provide you with information about special events and activities.

Ontario Tech University encourages students of Indigenous ancestry to self-identify as First Nation (either Status or Non-Status), Métis and/or Inuit. In doing so, the university recognizes that many Indigenous students prefer to use terms and language specific to their cultural background(s) and/or communities. 

Proof of Indigenous membership or ancestry is not required. This is a voluntary declaration.

Download a PDF version of the Self-Identification Information.

About Self-Identification

  • Who can self-identify?
    Any student of Indigenous (status and non-status First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit) ancestry at our university may self-identify. Proof of Indigenous membership or ancestry is not required.
  • Why should an Indigenous student self-identify?

    By self-identifying, Indigenous learners can:

    • Access supports and services through the Indigenous Education and Cultural Services team to assist you throughout your educational journey.
    • Be eligible for targeted scholarship and bursaries.
    • Get involved in building a proud, respectful and inclusive community.
    • Keep up-to-date with service planning and student success initiatives.
    • Learn about and participate in cultural events and activities.
  • Who will have access to my information?
    The university is required to protect all students’ personal information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection Privacy Act 1992. Self-Identified students' information will be stored in a secure location and will be accessible only to particular members of the Indigenous Education and Cultural Services, Registrar’s Office and the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. The university only discloses personal information to the Ministry for Training, Colleges and Universities as required for reporting purposes. The self-identification information gathered will be used for statistical purposes.
  • Why does the university ask Indigenous students to self-identify?

    Self-identifying will help the university to effectively plan for future programs, services and supports that are relevant to Indigenous learners. Data collected through self-identification will help the university to:

    • Allocate resources
    • Develop policies that take into consideration the needs of Indigenous learners.
    • Develop requests for new funding.
    • Plan and improve services.
    • Provide accurate reporting to the ministry.
    • Reach potential university applicants.