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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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Great Books

Read a popular book that expands your perceptions of the world and challenges your assumptions. Instill an appreciation of how reading a book can impact you and provide life skills. This is not an English literature course, but follows the popular book club format whereas a diverse group of people gather to share and discuss their thoughts and opinions about a particular book and its impact on them. The chosen book will not be one from school readings lists, but from popular fiction or non-fiction. Copies of books will be provided to participants and an audiobook version may be available. Books may be paper copies or in eBook format. Participants will be expected to read the book on their own time and attend, either in-person or virtually, a book club meeting hosted by Oshawa Public Libraries. Participants will answer a series of questions before reading the book, and after reading to gauge the change in their perceptions and the influence the book has on their world-view.

For option 1

In the February session, you and your classmates will choose to read either Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder, a story of religion, faith, and logic or Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, a story of racism, unlikely friendships, and freedom.

For option 2

In the March session,you and your classmates will choose to read either Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians, a story of trauma, hope, and resilience, or Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder, a story of religion, faith, and logic or Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, a story of autism, social engagement, and opposites attracting.

Inperson discussions will be held at the Delpark Branch to talk about your experience with these stories and share important take-aways.

Program Details


Business and IT



McLaughlin branch of Oshawa Public Libraries


Time and Duration

Project 1

Washington Black or The Wonder: Monday, February 26 2024, 2-3 PM at Delpark Branch

Last day for registering is Friday, February 9, 2024

Project 2

Five Little Indians or The Rosie Project: Friday, March 25 2024, 2-3 PM at Delpark Branch

Last day for registering is Friday, March 8 2024








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