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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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Baagwating Community Association Award


Baagwating Community Association Award




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General information

Two awards of $1,000 are available. Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Preference will be given to students of Canadian Indigenous descent.

About the Donor

Through the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, the Baagwating Community Association chose to donate to Ontario Tech University to encourage local growth and sustainability. As one of the original supporters of the Campaign for the New U, the association recognized early the benefits of growing Durham’s knowledge-based, success-driven student and professional sectors. More recently, the association made a significant gift toward an Indigenous Centre.

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