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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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Black Athlete Association Bursary for Marginalized Groups (BAA)

Led by the Black Athlete Association for Marginalized Groups (BAA), the Ridgebacks are teaming up with Nipissing University to “Shoot for Change” at their basketball games, focusing on advocating for anti-racism initiatives. One of the goals of the event being to establish a bursary to support Ontario Tech student-athletes whose heritage is self-identified as either Black or Indigenous and who demonstrate financial need.

The BAA was formed in 2021 to support black student-athletes at Ontario Tech. The association works towards creating a safe space for black athletes, educating Ontario Tech Ridgebacks on anti-racism and work to eradicate racism.

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