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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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Global Network against Hate

We are excited to announce the establishment of the Ontario Tech Global Network Against Hate, Bias and Extremism, a network that will facilitate knowledge dissemination and serve as the ‘go-to’ expertise hub in the area of hate studies. Providing high-level information and the capacity to research, review and redirect as necessary to national, international and global partners, this network is a comprehensive and up-to-date resource around the issue of hate for media, policy makers, law enforcement, industry, academics and anti-hate groups.

Education

We study the reasons for the current politically inspired climate of hate; understand and combat the dramatic increase in hate crime directed towards marginalized and stigmatized communities and cope with the resurgence of right-wing extremism. We recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear and to condemn all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination. Our network of local, national and international academics, law enforcement, government and community agencies allows us to examine the social causes, sources, incidents and consequences of hate, bias and extremism, and to develop solutions to benefit Canada and the international community.

Intervention

We broadly share results to enhance public awareness and better inform public knowledge, opinion and policy, using this knowledge to understand and change the world around us for the better. We develop tools such as: training manuals, modules and workshops, quick reference guides, continuing education courses and public service announcements. 

Policy

We realize that policies implemented at various levels of government, as well as those of corporations and non-profit groups, have an impact on the hate landscape. We assess existing policies on hate, bias, and extremism, and contribute to the development of new policies. We also play a direct role in policy coordination and implementation, especially in educational and remedial policies.