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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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Tribute to Kimberley Black

 "Sometimes, your resilience is challenged in unexpected ways. Sometimes, challenges present opportunities for people to step up and step in to help. Sometimes, this help reinforces your ability to confront challenges with courage and strength. My own community stepped in to lift me up, carry me through, and safely rest me on the other side of an unprecedented test of my resilience. Sometimes, all you can do is be grateful."                                                                                                                                                                       – Kimberley Black


Kimberley Black Graduate Scholarship

In the summer of 2020, Kimberley Black was violently attacked by a stranger while walking alone in her neighbourhood. Following the attack, Kimberley was diagnosed with global brain damage and placed in a week-long coma while awaiting reconstructive jaw surgery. On November 27, 2020 Kimberley successfully defended her Master’s thesis – just four months after the attack. Kimberley’s strength, resilience and courage are an inspiration to all women. She created purpose from her personal tragedy and is determined to use her experience to raise awareness about gender-based violence through her commitment to support other women.

To support Kimberley’s dedication to “give back” to the community that supported her through this difficult time, her education colleagues have organized a virtual 5k walk/run in support of a Graduate Scholarship. All proceeds from this walk/run will go towards the Kimberley Black Graduate Scholarship, to support a woman graduate student pursuing graduate studies at the Faculty of Education, who has demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Run details:

We hope you can join us for a virtual walk/run the week of May 9th, 2021 to coincide with Mother’s Day

A virtual walk/run is an event that you can participate in from a location of your choice. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. Participate on your own, or with friends ensuring to follow COVID 19 guidelines.

Event t-shirts are available for purchase

And if you are unable to do the walk/run, you can make a gift to the fund by calling 905-721-8668, ext. 5660 or email

 No woman should be afraid to take a walk alone.

  • 50% of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence
  • 67% of all Canadians say they have personally known at least one woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse
  • Indigenous women are killed at six times the rate of non-Indigenous women

For more facts about gender-based violence in Canada:
Gender-based violence and unwanted sexual behaviour in Canada, 2018