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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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Faculty and Staff Resources

Ontario Tech's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) stems to all corners of the campus and community. Faculty and Staff play a significant role in supporting students and building safe environments for learning. Therefore, it is important that Faculty and Staff are equipped with the tools to embrace EDI, and provide feedback and insight on how Ontario Tech can continue to meet the needs of diverse populations on campus.

Current Initiatives

  • Employment Systems Review

    Ontario Tech University is currently undergoing an Employment Systems Review (ESR). An ESR is an in-depth assessment of all employment systems, policies and practices (written and unwritten), and how they are implemented. 

    An ESR is conducted to assess where there are gaps between representation in an organization and availability in the Canadian market. Organizations should investigate if there are any barriers in employment systems that are impacting participation of members from diverse communities. 

    Visit our Employment Systems Review page for more information or email with specific questions.

Resource Library

  • External Resources

    Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

    The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) was established in 1977 by the government of Canada. It is empowered under the Canadian Human Rights Act to investigate and try to settle complaints of discrimination in employment and in the provision of services within federal jurisdiction.

    The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada’s leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

    The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is a place of learning and conversation where the experiences of those who experienced residential schools will be preserved for future generations. This Centre was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). 

    National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has a mandate that covers all forms of violence and the devastating effects. They also work to create space for survivors to share their stories and weave these stories together to show what violence really looks like for Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

    Pflag Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. We promise to offer local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.

    Reconciliation Canada is an organization that leads dialogues and transformative experiences with Canadians to revitalize relationships with Indigenous peoples. Reconciliation begins with oneself and then permeates through the community.

  • Internal Resources

    The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion aims to advance knowledge in the realm of EDI and the barriers facing underrepresented populations by encouraging research, fostering innovation, maintaining open communication and welcoming change.

    Human Resources EDI Resources Page features a variety of media for increasing your knowledge, including books, films, podcasts, and additional links.

    Student Life Equity Resources Page features guides on campus spaces and pronouns, as well as resources for trans students.

    The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) features a knowledge repository. Ontario Tech University is an Employer Partner of CCDI. As part of this partnership, Ontario Tech staff and faculty have access to free training modules, resources and tools. Visit CCDI's website and register using your Ontario Tech email address to gain access to their knowledge repository.

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Internal Supports