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Understanding Events Surrounding the Wet'suwet'en Lands Dispute

The recent protests at Tyendinaga and across southern Ontario in support of the Unistot’en camp on Wet’suwet’en territory have raised questions and a desire to more fully understand this situation for many of students, staff and faculty at Ontario Tech. The Reconciliation Task Force and Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) staff recognize that the Wet’suwet’en dispute represents an important moment in Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations in Canada. We see this as an opportunity to support community learning on Indigenous land relationships, historical background and contemporary issues that lead to such disputes, and address the lack of knowledge that often leads to racism and stereotyping, in tune with our mandate to fulfill the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Together, we offer several selected resources as “conversation starters” that will help you bring context to sound bites and reactive, often hurtful, comments on this issue. We hope that greater understanding will contribute towards building respectful, peaceful and mutually beneficial dialogue and relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in our community and across Canada.

As an Indigenous student, you may be feeling vulnerable. If so, please reach out for support to

IECS programming, including cultural activities, workshops, speakers and film nights are open to all students in the Ontario Tech community. We also provide specific learning opportunities for faculty and staff. Visit the resources room at the Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at 151 Athol Street East (beside the 61 Charles Street Building in downtown Oshawa) to learn more about Indigenous peoples, perspectives, histories and contemporary issues.