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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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University of Ontario Institute of Technology eases double cohort anxiety

Oshawa, Ont. - Canada's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, will give educational peace-of-mind to up to 1,000 first-year students with its opening in September 2003. The university will also guarantee every student a place in residence in response to increased demand for postsecondary spaces created by the double cohort of graduating Ontario secondary school students.

With only weeks left to apply to university, students' stress and parents' anxiety is rising about whether there will be sufficient places at the province's universities next fall.

"Our university has been created to help meet the needs of the double cohort, and the demands of the 21st-century workplace," says Gary Polonsky, founding president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. "We've combined the academic excellence and leading-edge research of a traditional university with hands-on skills and career-focused programs."

The new university offers nine degree programs in disciplines such as education, business and information technology, nursing, nuclear and manufacturing engineering, and sciences. Some of these programs are unique in Canada.

Located less than an hour's drive east of Toronto in Durham Region, the university will feature a series of academic buildings, as well as a library and new residence village set in a student-focused, pedestrian-friendly campus with plenty of green spaces, pathways and meeting places. The first university building and a new residence will greet the first class of University of Ontario Institute of Technology students in fall 2003.

"Our university will provide first-rate education and our students will benefit from smaller class sizes by getting more individual attention from professors," says Polonsky. "The University of Ontario Institute of Technology offers students a rich academic experience and a vibrant student life at an inspiring campus."

For more information about the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, visit the Web site at or call 1-866-844-8648.

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