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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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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

November 25 to December 10, 2022

The annual international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination fo Violence Against Women, and ends December 10, International Human Rights Day. These 16 days aim to generate awareness about gender-based violence and femicide, as well as to share knowledge and strategies to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence.

Faculty & Staff Event Schedule:

Gender-based violence at the Intersections
November 25, 2022 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Audience: Faculty, Staff and Students
Location: Virtual - Zoom. Accessibility information for Zoom.
Faculty and staff register here.
Students can register through the Student Life Portal.

Intersectionality is a useful framework through which to examine how forms of privilege and disadvantage as our identities shape our experiences of trauma and may impact our access to resources. This panel discussion will explore the impact of gender-based violence on those who hold multiple marginalized identities and the need for an intersectional lens on gender-based violence policies, interventions, and supports within post-secondary institutions to foster culturally relevant spaces of healing for survivors.
Queering gender-based violence: A look at trans-communities

December 1, 2022 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Audience: Faculty and Staff (Closed Session)
Location: Virtual - Zoom. Accessibility information for Zoom.
Register here.

Jake Farr from Pflag Durham, will confront the issue of gender-based against transgender communities. This session will not only promote the rights and safety of transgender people but will also advance broader goals of gender equity and elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. This virtual session will provide practical strategies and tools to faculty and employees to support building an inclusive campus environment. This event is co-hosted by Ontario Tech’s Office of the Provost and Durham College’s Office of EDI.