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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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Disability justice through legal and political advocacy

The scientific lead for this domain is Jen Rinaldi.Jen Rinaldi

The main objectives of the Disability Justice through Legal and Political Advocacy domain are the following:

  1.  Document histories of institutional violence.
  2.  Assess discrimination in the healthcare contexts.
  3.  Advance accessibility through technological innovation.

Current projects:

Past projects:

 Examples of Research Creation:

Event Organizing:

  • Advocates Assemble: Disability Research from the Ground Up. Virtual Series to be held September-December 2022, for the Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Ontario Tech University. Updates forthcoming.
  • Supporting Disabled People Post Pandemic. The panel was held on March 31, 2022, for the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University.