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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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Students receive generous scholarships from community group

OSHAWA, Ont. - Two students in the Collaborative Nursing program at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will be honoured on November 9 with scholarships from the Durham Access to Care Foundation.

Somer Verhoeven of Oshawa and Lisa-Marie Forcier of Courtice will both receive a $500 scholarship based on five criteria: enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program; a minimum average of 70 per cent; leadership contributions to the local community; a demonstrated passion for nursing; and the submission of a personal letter highlighting community and university activities related to the nursing field.

"Our hope is that this award will inspire people and graduates to pursue a career in nursing," said Esther Filer, Community and Public Relations co-ordinator with Durham Access to Care.

The Durham Access to Care Foundation is a provincially incorporated and federally registered charity. One of the primary goals of this group is to promote education and awareness among health care providers. Through their Annual Community Health Forum, they have provided an opportunity for Durham Region health care partners to come together for education and information sharing.

Both Somer and Lisa-Marie will be presented with their awards at the Annual Community Health Forum to be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Oshawa, located at 1011 Bloor Street East.

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, social science, and education. It is also developing leading-edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has over 1,800 students following 12 months of operation. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

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