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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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Abilities

In all instances, one’s abilities form only one part of their humanity. An ability/disability should only be mentioned if it is pertinent. If it is important to include, care must be taken to ensure use of neutral terminology.

Always put the person first, and where possible, use the word with or has:

  • A person with epilepsy, not an epileptic.
  • A person who is deaf.

Avoid descriptions that generalize or group people (such as: the blind).

Find an alternative word to the term impaired, which carries a connotation of self-infliction (as in an impaired driver):

  • A person with hearing loss, not a person who is hearing-impaired.

Steer clear of negative or value-laden references that imply stigma, such as afflicted with, suffer, victim, confined to, crippling:

  • A person who uses a wheelchair, not a person confined to a wheelchair nor someone who is wheelchair-bound.
  • A person who suffered a stroke, not a stroke victim (connotes helplessness).
  • Mental illness, not mentally disturbed.
  • Someone with a mental illness, not someone who suffers from a mental illness.
  • Epileptic seizure, not an epileptic fit.