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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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Coat of Arms Policy

Classification number LCG 1114
Framework category Legal, Compliance and Governance
Approving authority Board of Governors
Policy owner University Secretary
Approval date December 2009
Review date To be assigned


Under the authority of the Governor General of Canada, the Chief Herald of Canada, Claire Boudreau, granted to the University armorial bearings on July 15, 2009. The University's Coat of Arms offers a graphic representation of the important facets of the university, as well as its history, values and achievements.  At the same time, it highlights the University’s ties to the regional, national and worldwide communities from which the university draws its mission and purpose.  The Letters Patent containing the University's armorial bearings and the accompanying image have been entered into the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada (Volume V, page 458).     

Policy and Procedure

This policy applies to the reproduction and use of the Coat of Arms, or any aspect of the armorial bearings.  The procedures ensure that the Arms are at all times used in an appropriate and dignified manner that serves to preserve and promote the values and mission of the university.       

The reproduction and use of the Coat of Arms is reserved for ceremonial and commemorative purposes, official university business by the Chancellor and the President, and student transcripts and parchments.  Any exception to this use requires the approval of the President.  Use of the Coat of Arms by any individual other than those for whom permission has been granted is prohibited.