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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Community Engagement Projects

Community Engagement Projects are experiential learning opportunities that integrate service in the community with intentional learning activities. Small groups of students are partnered with partner organizations in need of hands-on and project-based support. This approach to learning helps students understand how their course work relates to social issues by linking real-life experiences to academic content.

In collaboration with community-based organizations, the Practicum office runs a number of Community Engagement Projects each year. Partner organizations include non-profits or charitable groups that provide service to vulnerable or at-risk populations, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, after-school programs, and so on.

Benefits for students:

  • Build knowledge and develop necessary skills for future employment (critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communication).
  • Increase understanding of academic concepts and apply theory to real-world scenarios.
  • Enhance social awareness, responsibility and civic engagement.
  • Gain relevant volunteer experience for a resumé and professional portfolio.

Benefits for partner organizations:

  • Build capacity by tackling ongoing issues or special projects.
  • Share knowledge and contribute to the learning and development of students.

Past projects

2018 - Food Security Workshop

2019 - Special Topics Class: #BlackLivesMatter

2019 - Lake Cleanup