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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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Treaties Recognition Week

Braiding Our Past, Present and Future

Treaties Recognition Week is meant to honour the treaties agreed to between Indigenous nations and the Crown in right of Ontario over the last 250 years. Understanding the spirit and intent of treaty relationships is important for building new relationships of mutual respect and benefit between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Join us this week as we take time to learn about and reflect on the rights and relationships arising from treaties in a series of virtual events.


Register For Treaties Recognition Week Events


Treaties Trivia

Monday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Registration is required.
What do you know – and what don't you know – about treaties? Join us for an interactive trivia session to start off Treaties Recognition Week.


The Original Relationship

Tuesday November 3 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Registration is required.
What kind of relationships were treaties meant to build? Learn about the two-row wampum.


Your Relationship to the Land

Wednesday, November 4. Reflection and self-study.
Take some time to reflect try a land-based activity, and watch and reflect on short videos by Senator Murray Sinclair and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.  Reflection activities will be available beginning on November 2.



As Long as the Sun Shines and the Rivers Flow: a discussion on treaty-making in Canada

Thursday, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Registration is required.
Join Chief Kelly LaRocca of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Chief Dave Mowat of Alderville First Nation for a discussion of the history of treaty-making and the renegotiation of the Williams Treaties.


Strengthening Our Relationships for a Better Future

Friday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Registration is required.
Join Jake Charles and Kim Wheatley for drumming and singing in a celebration of Indigenous cultures.

Want to learn more? The Library can help. Visit the Library’s Indigenous Studies Research Guide web page for resources.

This week-long series of events is brought to you by the President’s Indigenous Reconciliation Task Force and Indigenous Education and Cultural Services at Ontario Tech University and the First Peoples Indigenous Centre at Durham College.​