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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

Land-based Educational Program



Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island have long recognized the land as their fundamental classroom. Through practices like gathering food from animals and plants, as well as constructing sweat lodges, these traditions serve as essential tools for imparting crucial life skills to younger generations. These elements of Indigenous culture are rich with STEM knowledge, encompassing biology, chemistry, mathematical principles, and engineering concepts. This understanding underlies Engineering Outreach's belief in the efficacy of Indigenous land-based learning, which embraces an environmentally friendly approach to education

Guided by Indigenous STEM students, elders, knowledge keepers, and other community members, inSTEMs Land Camp is grounded in land-based learning, demonstrating the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, STEM, and engineering design to Indigenous youth from Grades 9 to 12. We aim to renew students’ pride with their Indigenous identity and increase their confidence in the pursuit of STEM careers and education.
Please be advised that this is an in-person, overnight event, which will occur at Durham Forest. Food and sleeping accommodations will be provided. Refunds for mileage are available upon request.
Spots are limited to 20 participants. If you have multiple children, please complete this form for each child. Because there are limited spots available, please only register if you intend to attend.
In the event of full capacity, we encourage you to continue with registration and be placed on the waiting list. You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your registration or will be notified if you are placed on our waiting list.

Session Details

Cost Per Participant: FREE
Location: Durham Forest Environmental Education Centre, 3821 Concession Rd 7, Goodwood, ON L0C 1A0
Program Dates Time

Land Camp

Grades 9-12

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Thursday, August 31, 2023

This is an overnight event. Drop off will be between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM on August 30th. Pick-up will be at 2:30 PM on August 31st.
For other program offerings, please see our c_wonder: Community InSTEM page or contact


We are pleased to offer our Land Camp at no cost to families with the generous support of Actua and the Government of Canada's CanCode program.



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Actua provides training, resources and support to its national network of members located at universities and colleges across Canada in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education outreach programming. Each year, these members engage over 350,000 youth in 500 communities nationwide. Please visit Actua at