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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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Ridgebacks Mentoring Program

Four students sitting at a table working together.The Ridgebacks Mentoring Program is a peer-mentoring initiative that will support your increased academic success, improve your overall student experience, and help you create meaningful connections to the campus community. 

Upon being accepted into the program, you will be matched with a knowledgeable upper-year student Mentor who will connect with you regularly throughout the winter semester to support you in goal-setting and ongoing personal reflection. This program will also allow you to practice effective communication skills in interpersonal settings, and learn to utilize available information and tools to support your learning and success.

Mentees should be an active participant in establishing the mentoring relationship and take actionable steps towards achieving your goals throughout the semester. You should be committed to the tasks and responsibilities required of the program to make this experience successful.

Mentee Application

The Ridgebacks Mentoring Program will run over the 2021 winter semester, from January to April 2021.  

If you are interested in participating in the Ridgebacks Mentoring Program as a Mentee and would like to be matched with an upper-year mentor, please complete the application form below.

mentee application form

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to direct your inquiries to