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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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Black History Month: Black Existentialism and the Politics of Identity

On Thursday, February 27, the President’s Equity Taskforce will host the university’s fourth-annual Black History Month event, entitled Black Existentialism and the Politics of Identity.


  • Lewis Gordon, PhD, Professor, Philosophy, University of Connecticut
  • Rozena Maart, PhD, Director for the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa).

Dr. Maart and Dr. Gordon will explain what Black existentialism is, distinguishing between the notions of identity politics and the politics of identity. They will offer a critique of ‘politics of’ formulations and discuss what politics means, as well as the political relevance of Black existential thought.

  • When: Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa, Ontario 

To learn more or register, view the event poster or contact