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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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The doors to Canada's newest university open

Oshawa, ON - Canada's newest university-the University of Ontario Institute of Technology-is officially open!

Classes at the new university, which was officially created by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in June 2002, will begin on Thursday, September 4. The university has the distinction of being Ontario's first laptop-based university.

"This is a momentous event for Durham Region, Ontario and Canada," declared Dr. Gary Polonsky, president and vice-chancellor of the university. "The university is providing outstanding educational opportunities for students and more of the highly skilled professionals employers need. It will also help ease the provincial burden of the double cohort and become a respected centre of research."

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology offers innovative degree programs, accomplished faculty and deans from around the world, a new campus, and a steadfast commitment to providing students with a first-rate education and university experience, Polonsky added.

The university's first class of students, drawn from Ontario, Canada and internationally, numbers approximately 900. By 2010, the university's enrolment is projected to reach 6,500.

In 2003-04, the university offers nine career-focused bachelor's programs in Biological Science, Commerce, Education, Integrated Justice Studies, Manufacturing Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nursing, Physical Science and Radiation Science. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Nuclear Engineering and the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Radiation Science programs are unique in Canada.

Nineteen new programs are planned for 2004-05. As the university continues to grow, more undergraduate, as well as graduate and doctoral programs, will be added. In addition, the university intends to become Canada's cornerstone for research excellence.

Another outstanding feature of the new university is that it is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Each student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology uses a current model of the IBM ThinkPad and classrooms and labs are fully networked. As well, major public areas of the campus feature wireless network access, enabling students to connect to the Internet, the student intranet and other electronic resources from just about anywhere on campus.

The university's first academic building and the first phase of a new residential village are ready for students. In addition, construction of two more academic buildings and a new, 55,000-square-foot campus library will be completed in 2004. Outdoor pathways and meeting places, along with a ground-floor colonnade to connect the library and academic buildings, will help create an atmosphere of a pedestrian-friendly academic village.

A world-class, year-round tennis centre and a championship, regulation soccer field will open this fall. Other athletic facilities, including a twin-pad arena, will be ready in 2005. Over the next few years, additional building will take place at the Oshawa campus. After 2006, additional facilities will be constructed, mostly on a beautifully treed, 160-hectare (400-acre) property directly north of the current campus.


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