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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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Community of Practice

A community of practice (CoP) involves a group of people (community) with a shared concern, problem, or interest (domain) working together to fulfil individual and group goals (practice).  

The Teaching and Learning Centre facilitates a CoP on the topic of Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.

The broad goals of the CoP are to:

  • Generate ideas, seek feedback, and share stories about Indigenizing and decolonizing content, instructional approaches, and interactions;
  • Identify, develop, or experiment with strategies and resources that support Indigenous students and/or the inclusion of Indigenous pedagogies and content for all students; 
  • And most importantly, to develop a collaborative, supportive, and flexible group interested in Indigenization and decolonization.

The CoP meets monthly and stays connected in an online course site. Please contact Dr. Kaitlyn Watson for more information. 

Upcoming topics: 

  • Inviting guest speakers 
  • Using Indigenous and decolonizing pedagogies
  • Including Indigenous-authored sources in your course
  • Inviting emotional connection to material
  • STEM and Indigenous Knowledge