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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, diversity and inclusion in Canada Research Chairs

Innovation begins with the person behind a good idea. Canada attracts a unique array of international and national peoples possessing various talents, skills, experiences and perspectives from whom brilliant ideas are born. Inspired by our Canadian mosaic, Ontario Tech University chooses to encourage a unified culture that produces high-impact research where ideas from all members—including Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ2+ persons, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women—are championed and have the opportunity to flourish. Our university is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community. By refusing to leave talent on the sidelines, we encourage richer discussions, heightened creativity and ground-breaking discoveries that lead to high-quality research results.

The university is committed to raising awareness about the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion within not only our Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program, but also within the research enterprise as a whole. Our strategy for achieving this mission can be accessed at the button below labelled CRC Awareness Strategy and Action Plan.

More information on the equity, diversity and inclusion practices of the CRC Program is available on the CRC website including the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement, program statistics and the program’s Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs.

Ontario Tech U is committed to the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) in all matters, including in the selection and renewal of CRCs.  Ontario Tech allows for only one renewal of a CRC and the renewals are not automatic, instead following a competitive process.  One renewal criterion is that the candidate shows “Demonstrated commitment to priorities in the UOIT CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness Action Plan” (Renewal of Canada Research Chairs Procedure, s3.1.5).

More information and full details on Ontario Tech's process are available in our Canada Research Chair Recruitment Procedure and our Renewal of Canada Research Chairs Procedure.  Questions can be directed to research@uoit.ca.

On May 9, 2019, we joined universities across Canada to advance institutional equity, diversity and inclusion, with the signing of the Dimensions charter. Read about Ontario Tech President signs new equity, diversity and inclusion charter.

For questions or concerns relating to equity, diversity or inclusion at the university, contact Jamie Bruno, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources.