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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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New $25-million engineering building will focus on future technologies

OSHAWA, Ont. - The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will break ground next spring on a $25-million engineering building, continuing its rapid pace of expansion and its commitment to students and academic excellence.

Designed by the award-winning, international firm, Diamond + Schmitt Architects Inc., the brand new facility will offer students state-of-the-art equipment and the opportunity to gain relevant, hands-on experience. The three-storey complex will feature 38 academic offices and 17 labs, including a rapid prototyping and manufacturing lab, a combustion and engines lab, a mechatronics lab, and an emerging energy systems lab with solar, wind, hydrogen and fuel-cell technology.

"The equipment has been carefully selected to educate students about technologies of the future," said Dr. Marc Rosen, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. "This will be a showcase for undergraduate engineering education when it opens in the summer of 2006." 

Campus expansion has occurred quickly since 2002, when UOIT became Ontario's newest university. A new library opened this fall, along with a new Business and Information Technology Building and the second phase of the UOIT Science Building.

The 40,000-square-foot engineering building will be located on the Oshawa campus immediately west of the university's new library, at the southwest corner of Founders Drive and the Avenue of Champions. The facility is designed primarily to serve students in UOIT's undergraduate engineering programs and some applied science programs. Graduate programs are currently being developed.

"This facility will be a great place for students to learn and will prepare them for exciting careers," added Dr. Rosen "It will be a superb addition to our innovative university."

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology currently offers four core engineering programs: Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering. Three new programs are planned for the 2005-2006 academic year - Automotive Engineering, Software Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The new building will also accommodate students in the university's Radiation Science program.

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, health sciences, social science, applied science, the pure sciences, engineering, 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 Ontario Tech University
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