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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Indigenous Youth Programs

At Engineering Outreach, our inSTEM team aims to provide exceptional learning opportunities that inspire Indigenous youth to pursue futures in STEM while developing essential skills. Our approach revolves around the circle of courage model, focusing on positive youth development through four universal growth needs: Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity.

Belonging

A sense of belonging creates powerful social bonds rooted in respect. Our inSTEM programs strive to connect Indigenous youth with current Indigenous STEM students, alumni, and professionals within the industry. Creating safe learning environments enables our Indigenous instructors to build meaningful relationships with our students.

Mastery

Mastery involves learning from experienced individuals without perceiving them as rivals. All our instructors are Indigenous STEM students who share their experiences, serving as role models for the students. Additionally, we facilitate connections between students and Indigenous professionals for future job opportunities and networking.

Independence

Many Nations across Turtle Island emphasize respect and inner discipline, fostering personal responsibility and decision-making in youth. To cultivate independence, our programs offer land-based learning experiences distinct from traditional classrooms. We encourage Indigenous youth to employ their creativity, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Generosity

Understanding generosity is pivotal in childhood development. Our programs encourage youth to address real-world issues through a two-eyed seeing approach, fostering skills necessary for giving back to their communities.

Indigenous Youth STEM Clubs

Indigenous Youth STEM Clubs

Learn the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, STEM, and engineering design from Indigenous STEM Students
Land-based Educational Program

Land-based Educational Program

Guided by Indigenous STEM students, elders, knowledge keepers, and other community members.
Community Engagement

Community Engagement

 Learn more about how you can bring our Indigenous STEM programming directly to the students.
Indigenous Youth Conference

Indigenous Youth Conference

Learn more about the multiple opportunities that await Indigenous youth in post-secondary education.