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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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I Dream of Yukon book launch and panel

Celebrate Black History Month and join us for the launch of the children’s audio book “I Dream of Yukon,” which delves into Black identity and the microaggressions faced daily by Black women caregivers and nurses. The book is part of a collection of children's stories, Strong Women, Strong Communities, inspired by real-life Canadian women who have made a difference in their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Written by Ontario Tech Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) student Tyannah Brown, I Dream of Yukon describes the journey of Brandy Grant, a Black woman and Personal Support Worker who moved to Yukon during the pandemic to continue caring for Canadians. It sheds light on the resilience and dedication of Black healthcare providers and serves as a reminder of their crucial role in the healthcare sector. Tyannah hopes that this story will educate young and old readers on the importance of embracing their differences and being kind to everyone. To learn more about the book, click here

This virtual event will feature an in-person panel broadcast from the Fireside Reading Room at the North Campus Library, Ontario Tech University. 


Tyannah Brown, Ontario Tech student in Legal Studies, minoring in Human Rights Law, and peer tutor, author of I Dream of Yukon. View her full profile, here


Keda Edwards Pierre, voice actor for I Dream of Yukon. She is an activist, actor, writer and impact producer who brings a unique and unorthodox mixture of talent, training and real-life experience to her work. View her full profile, here


Brandy Grant, Registered Practical Nurse and real-life inspiration for I Dream of Yukon. Brandy is a Registered Practical Nurse who currently works as a Behavioural Support Manager at a long-term care home in Orangeville. Brandy went to George Brown College for Personal Support Work and received her Nursing Diploma from Durham College in 2017. View her full profile, here


Rachelle Gooden, editor of I Dream of Yukon. Rachelle is an experienced librarian, writer, and humanitarian. She holds an honour’s degree in English from York University and a master’s degree in Information Studies at the University of Toronto. View her full profile, here.


Amanda Ottley, Registered Nurse and the founder of The Pamoja Institute for Community Engagement and Action, advocates for equitable access to the resources necessary to foster improved health and well-being in the Black community. View her full profile, here.


The event was moderated by Sam Brown, fourth year Legal Studies student at Ontario Tech University. 

This event took place on February 28, 2023

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