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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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City of Oshawa to present $1-million cheque for new campus sports complex

OSHAWA, Ont. - The captains of two great teams will face off February 26 for a high "chequing" game that will leave local sports fans shouting for joy.

At a special ceremony this Thursday, Oshawa Mayor John Gray will present a cheque for $1 million to Dr. Gary Polonsky, president of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College, as the first instalment on a brand new sports complex for the Oshawa campus and the community-at-large. The city is committed to providing a total of $8 million toward the entire $11.6-million cost of the complex, which has yet to be formally named. Members of city council will accompany Mayor Gray.

Reporters and photographers are invited to attend Thursday's ceremony. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the new Campus Tennis Centre, on the north side of Conlin Road, just west of Simcoe Street.

The new sports complex will be located on the west side of Simcoe Street, just north of Conlin Road, and will act as a gateway to the campus. Combined with the year-round tennis centre and a new, professional-grade soccer field - both just a stone's throw away - the sports complex represents a major improvement in the athletic facilities available on the Durham/UOIT campus.

In its first phase, the facility will feature two ice rinks, with tiered seating for a total of 600 spectators, and bench seating for another 200. A pool will be added in the future at an estimated cost of $6 million. Both the first-floor lobby and the comfortable second-floor lounge will offer views of the ice arenas and the pool.

Designed by Barry Brian Associates Ltd. of Whitby and Hughes Condon Marler Architects of Vancouver, the complex incorporates a number of environmentally friendly features, including the use of materials that reduce indoor air contaminants. Construction is slated to begin this spring, and the facility is expected to open in the spring of 2005.

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