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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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Culture Awareness Challenge

The Culture Awareness Challenge is an opportunity for students at Ontario Tech University to bring awareness, education or understanding to a cause that is important to them, and make an impact on the greater Ontario Tech Community. Your thoughts count - you can make a difference.

The winning challenge submission will receive up to $2,000* in funding thanks to generous support from Hydro One, to turn their ideas into reality, along with any support they need from The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and Women in Engineering.

About the Challenge


The challenge is open to any student at Ontario Tech University. Students at all levels are encouraged to participate. Students may work alone or in groups. 

Submission Deadline: 

Monday, February 22, 2021

How it works:

We welcome your stories, ideas, and your visions, big and small, on how you would like to make an impact on Cultural Awareness within the greater Ontario Tech community. Feel free to be creative, things like events, speaker series, workshop ideas, videos, music, photography, or art installations expressing your thoughts are welcome. Below you will find a Proposal Package with more information, and a template to use to draft your proposal. 

1. Create your proposal:

Download and complete the Proposal Package by clicking here.

2. Submit your proposal:



Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Share your story. How does culture impact where you live? What is it like, what has changed, and how has this made you feel or made an impact on you?
  • What is your vision for an ideal future for cultural awareness at the Ontario Tech Community?
  • In my vision, a community where everyone thrives is made up of...
  • To me, challenging culture awareness means…
  • My vision for living life to the fullest includes… 

Important Dates

Monday, February  1
Submissions OPEN
Monday, February  22
Submissions CLOSED
Monday, March 1
Winner Announced

Please submit any questions to: 
Ellen James, Engineering Outreach and Women in Engineering Project Coordinator


 *Please note: The winning project submission will receive up to $2 000 in funding (based on the budget listed in their project proposal) to directly cover costs associated with executing their project. They will not receive a lump sum but will work with Ellen James, Women in Enginereing and Engineering Outreach Project Coordinator to execute their ideas, and she will facilitate payment on behalf of a donation from Hydro One. 


This project is presented in partnership by: