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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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CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness & Training Strategy

Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and realize positive local and global impact. Ontario Tech University is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring representation of qualified persons in underrepresented groups within the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. 


Ontario Tech University will support greater equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program by committing to:

  • Embed the values of EDI into our academic and research culture at all levels, starting at the top. This begins with an institutional equity statement that is reflected in all policies and procedures, as well as in the everyday actions of senior leaders, administrators, faculty and students.
  • Ongoing rigorous self-assessment to keep appraised of our community’s composition and needs. We commit to pan-university data collection to gather baseline data and analyze it through an intersectional EDI lens in order to better inform our institutional EDI strategy by identifying barriers to EDI in the CRC Program and in the research culture at large.
  • Attract and retain diverse talent to the CRC Program, and to the university at large. We will proactively consider EDI in the recruitment process to diversify our pool of CRC applicants. We will create an inclusive workplace that offers equitable access to resources and opportunities by providing suitable support and mentorship to faculty members in the four designated groups—women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities.

Starting July 2020, our Director of Equity Diversity and Inclusive Engagement  in the Office of the Provost has deployed a high-touch communication strategy to raise awareness of CRC EDI priorities and provide training for faculty, researchers, students and staff to support Ontario Tech's ongoing development of a strategic EDI institutional framework that centers around research and innovation.  

Interested in meeting with the Director or arranging training for your team? Please contact Julie Childerhose in the Office of the Provost (

CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

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Action Plan 2018

Action Plan 2017