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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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UOIT welcomes Richard Levin as New VP Student Services and Registrar

Oshawa, Ont. - When Richard Levin arrives at UOIT on June 3 he will have moved from the oldest university in Western Canada to the newest university in the country. Levin, who has served as Director, Student Records at the University of Manitoba since 1999, joins the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as Vice-President Student Services and Registrar.

"It's an interesting contrast and a very different set of institutional dynamics," said Levin, who is looking forward to the challenges ahead. "I am really excited at the opportunity to build something. Being on the ground floor of a new institution that is very student focused and technologically advanced was pretty persuasive - the opportunity to create and build is always very compelling."

Levin is familiar with starting new enterprises. In 1995 he became the first person assigned to the development of the Government of Ontario's Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). "We built a complex organization with a small team in a very short span of time." His work with EQAO included a six-month stint with General Motors of Canada Limited in Oshawa, studying quality management practices in administrative settings. That experience led him to focus on the importance of effective administrative and management practices as prerequisites for good client service, a focus he will maintain at UOIT.

As VP Student Services and Registrar, he'll be responsible for student recruitment, admissions, records, registration, and convocation as well as student life. "These are early days and we will deal with the practicalities first," he said. Technology will play a big part and establishing web-based support systems is a priority. As we move forward, support for student life will become a prime focus.

Levin, who was born in Winnipeg, graduated with a BA (honours) in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg. He obtained an MA in Psychology from York University in 1985, and went to work for the Manitoba government's departments of Health and Education. In 1990 he became a senior policy advisor for the Ontario government's ministries of Skills Development and Education and Training before his appointment to EQAO in 1995. His wife Holly and 11-year-old daughter Elizabeth will join Levin in July. They plan to reside in Whitby.

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