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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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Our Director

Dr. Barbara Perry is a recognized global authority on hate crime, and the primary national authority on right-wing extremism in Canada. She is the current and founding Co-Chair of the International Network for Hate Studies.  She is a well-known expert among media outlets including The Agenda, CBC, The Current, The Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Dr. Perry is a regular consultant with Justice Canada, Public Safety Canada, The RCMP, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and with local social justice organizations.

Her work extends to policing diverse communities, building resilience among marginalized communities, and broadly, issues of diversity and justice. Dr. Perry is helping to frame the field, and foster global education and support for victims of violence.

Research interests include:

  • hate crime
  • right-wing extremism
  • policing diversity
  • Islamophobia
  • antisemitism
  • homophobia and transphobia

"The Centre will be a magnet for high-quality academics who will contribute to the intellectual climate, locally and internationally. It will send a powerful message about our values while enabling the university to build its research capacity, share new knowledge and become the go-to source for policy developers seeking data, guidance and advice."