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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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Equity Advocates

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In this role, students identify areas in the campus community that need further development from an equity perspective. Equity Advocates develop initiatives, campaigns and events that engage and encourage students to act more inclusively and empathetically working towards the creation of an inclusive campus community.

The Equity Advocates identify their own program outcomes and goals, and each year, students are selected and are split into smaller teams to work on these specific programs. The Equity Advocates are supervised and mentored by the Equity and Inclusivity Advisor in their program development process.

Previous program goals have included:

  • Anti-Islamophobia: to raise awareness about the ways that Islamophobia manifests and is perpetuated.
  • Trans Week of Awareness: to increase the safety and comfort of transgender and gender non-conforming students at the university.

Recruitment for Equity Advocates and other leadership opportunities for the following year happens in January of the current academic year. If you miss this opportunity, connect with the Equity and Inclusivity Advisor at equity@ontariotechu.ca to find out how you can still get involved.

Incoming first-year students will have an opportunity to sign up as Equity Advocates in September.