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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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Oshawa campus goes greener with $4,000 tree donation

OSHAWA, Ont. - Spring will be sprouting greener on the Oshawa campus of Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), thanks to a donation of 10 trees from Environmental Earth Angels, a Toronto-based environmental charity.

One of the trees, a sugar maple, will be planted at a special ceremony this Friday, April 23, at 1 p.m. at Founder's Lot 5, near the Conlin Road entrance to the campus. The remaining nine mature trees will be planted in May in the same area. In total, the donation is valued at up to $4,000. Friday's event coincides with Earth Weeks, from April 18 to May 1, and will include members of the campus Science Alliance club. Club members organized the first Durham/UOIT Environmental Awareness Day on March 31.

The tree donation was spearheaded by Paula Doyle, vice-president of public relations for the Student Association, with generous assistance from students in Durham's Environmental Technology program. Earlier this year, Doyle read about Earth Angels' annual School Tree Planting program and submitted an application on behalf of Durham and UOIT.

This year, Earth Angels will donate trees to 65 elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools throughout Toronto, as well as the regions of Durham, Peel and York. Schools receive up to 10 mature, native trees, including 13-foot deciduous species such as red maple, and three-foot coniferous species, including white spruce. Each year, the group receives four or five times more applications than it can fulfill, says Karen Hortopan, a spokesperson for the group. "It shows you there's a tremendous need out there."

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