Ontario Tech University 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
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.