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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Get Involved

The start of each new academic year brings with it new students who are just learning the in's and out's of university life. As faculty and staff members, we are here to help provide guidence and answers to questions. 

We are always looking for volunteers to help out during Orientation and the first week of school at AskMe information booths across campus. 

Prior to signing up to volunteer, please ensure you have obtained the necessary supervisor/manager approval to participate.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, August 18.

Volunteer Opportunities

Complete the volunteer sign-up form

Friday, September 1 | Move-in day

Training session: Tuesday, August 22 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Science Building (UA), Room 3230 (Hybrid)

Move-in day is an opportunity to welcome incoming students moving into residence as they join the Ridgeback family. Faculty and staff volunteer support is needed to greet students, help them find their way, and help them move into their new home for their incoming year at Ontario Tech.

Saturday, September 2 | Faculty Orientation

Training session: Tuesday, August 22 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Science Building (UA), Room 3230 (Hybrid)

Faculty Orientation is an opportunity for incoming students to participate in a variety of activities and sessions—designed to build connections and community—within their program and faculty. Faculty and staff volunteer support is needed to welcome students into their programs and provide them with the chance to meet the people who will be supporting them as they begin their new journey at Ontario Tech. 

Each faculty has a dedicated Faculty Planning Team that will connect with volunteers (that’s you!) to share more about the order of events, including what your role will be on the day of the event.

September 2 and 3 | Orientation

Training session: Tuesday, August 22 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Science Building (UA), Room 3230 (Hybrid)

This year, we are once again hosting in-person activities from September 2 to 4 as part of this year’s Orientation events. This event is a great opportunity for incoming students to connect with their peers, talk with upper year students about their experiences and build community. 

As faculty and staff, you may be asked to support with way/information finding, activity support and/or general event support.  

To learn more, visit our Orientation website.

September 5 to 8 | AskMe Information booths

Training session: Tuesday, August 29, 2023 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Science Building (UA), Room 3230 (Hybrid)

Running Tuesday, September 5 through Friday, September 8, AskMe information booths will be stationed across our north and downtown campus locations to welcome new and returning students to campus. Volunteer support is needed to answer student questions and help them navigate our campuses. As a faculty or staff member, this is a great opportunity to directly connect with students and promote programs, services, and research opportunities.