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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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Successful gala raises funds for student scholarships and bursaries

Oshawa, Ont. - Through the contributions of sponsors, auction donors and guests, students of both Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will have more financial support of their educational endeavours. A gala event Saturday, September 11, raised over $200,000 in support of scholarships and bursaries for students at both institutions.

"This event was an extraordinary success, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, numerous students will have greater access to higher education," said Terry Slobodian, president of the Durham College Foundation and vice-president of Advancement with UOIT. "The amount of support from our Durham Region and Northumberland communities is astounding. Their generosity reflects how strongly they wish to assist in educating the leaders of tomorrow."

The theme of the evening-The Maiden Voyage of the HMS Legacy-served as a nautical metaphor for a cruise into an educational era where everyone has the chance to obtain a post-secondary education, regardless of financial ability.

Auction items were generously donated by 200 local retailers, and corporate sponsors helped to make the night sensational. The sold-out event ensured that Durham College and UOIT students will have educational opportunities that otherwise may not have existed.

Volunteers Catherine McNeil and Wanda Slobodian co-chaired the event, leading a team of community and campus-member volunteers who donated their time to create an entertaining and profitable event.

"This wonderful voyage could not have been made possible without a crew," said co-chair McNeil. "Words alone cannot convey how much we appreciate the time and efforts of our wonderful and creative Gala Committee volunteers. This night was made possible by their generous spirit and hard work."

About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading-edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, justice studies, and education. It is also developing leading-edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing selected services with Durham College, UOIT welcomed its first students in September 2003. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

About Durham College
For 37 years, Durham College has been committed to providing job-focused programs, accomplished professors, quality-driven innovation, student success and superior accountability. Almost 6,000 full-time students and 23,000 part-time students are enrolled at Durham College. For more information, visit our website at, or call 905.721.2000.

About Ontario Tech University
A modern, forwarding-thinking university, Ontario Tech advances the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. We inspire and equip our students and our graduates to make a positive impact in a tech-focused world. For us, it’s not only about developing the next tech breakthrough. Understanding and integrating the social and ethical implications of technology differentiates us as university. Learn more at

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