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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Engage with us

We want you to be a part of our university community and are committed to welcoming you to our campus. We offer virtual and in-person events that allow to get to know students, meet our world-class researchers, and visit some of our unique facilities. There are always opportunities to visit our campus and experience what our students, faculty, and staff do every day!

Below are some examples of ways you can experience being a member of our Ontario Tech community: 


Adopt-a-grand-student program

Are you an active older adult living in Durham Region?

Kinesiology students from Ontario Tech University want to learn about your current activity levels and your favourite activities.

Sign up for our Adopt-a-grand-student program and help us break the stereotypes around aging!



Athletics and Become a Senior Ridgeback

Be a part of the Ridgeback family by either attending live sporting events or participating in sports on campus. We encourage you to explore the Ridgebacks varsity website to see when our student-athletes are playing, attend a sporting event and show your support!

There are many health and recreation opportunities at our campus, including the gym, indoor track, and arena. Please visit the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre website for more details. 

We also have a Senior Ridgebacks committee aimed at facilitating sport and recreation opportunities on campus and in the community. If you are or know of an older adult interested in starting up a sports group, please reach out. We would be happy to provide space and students to assist!


Board Game Bonanza

Are you game? Join the Age-Friendly University Committee for its next student-senior Board Game Bonanza event!

Date: TBD

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Participate in research

If you're over the age of 65 and live in Durham Region, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.

Email for more information!