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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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Best practices

Education equity involves the active recognition and removal of barriers to learning, whether they are visible (such as in cases where the only access to a building is via steps) or invisible (bias towards a particular group of persons). In Canada, we are fortunate to have access to learning environments that are continuously working towards inclusiveness, to enable each student to reach his or her full potential.

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The Teaching and Learning Centre assists instructors by preparing them to create learning materials that are accessible while maintaining the academic standards of the university. Our office works closely with students in the development of learning strategies, support and accommodations. Our Diversity Office provides education around the value that comes from living and learning in a society rich with a variety of cultures and backgrounds. As such, we continue to support our students in a welcoming environment that values our differences.

The site provides a few examples of some best practices that can improve accessibility on our campus, whether it is through universal design, proper document design, or through accessible instruction. More information will be added to this site as it is created.