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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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EDI recruitment support

Co-op and Experiential Learning serves as a promising route for post-secondary students to secure meaningful employment, while also providing employers with access to the skilled and talented workforce they require. Despite its advantages, many students are still marginalized and unable to benefit from work integrated learning opportunities. By extending more opportunities to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds and furnishing them with comprehensive skills and experiences, employers can play a pivotal role in promoting equitable opportunities and in turn, bolstering talent pipelines and organizational growth.

To foster an inclusive and student-focused engagement, it is recommended to establish partnerships with the Ontario Tech Co-op Education and Experiential Learning Office and forge relationships with unconventional on-the-ground partners, such as student unions and associations, campus resource centers, and national and local organizations that prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Co-op and Experiential Learning Coordinators can offer support to employers in their quest to promote accessibility and equity for all students. The aim of inclusive engagement is not only to raise awareness among students from diverse and marginalized groups but to also inspire them to envision themselves as part of your organization.