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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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Sex and gender

Use inclusive terms rather than those that make sex distinctions.

  • Ancestors, not forefathers
  • Humankind, not mankind
  • Working hours, not man hours
  • Chair, not chairman

Avoid using a generic masculine pronoun.

For example: A staff member needing a new computer should contact IT Services; not if a staff member needs a new computer, he should contact IT Services.

Avoid indicating marital or family status unless contextually necessary. If a title is needed for a woman, use the neutral Ms. unless the person has indicated a preference for Miss or Mrs.

The university recommends not using salutations (e.g. Mr., Mrs. Ms., etc.) on forms, unless required.

Sexual orientation should not be mentioned unless relevant. Avoid the term sexual preference. Preference implies a choice; many people do not regard their sexuality as optional.