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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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Both institutions recommend educational justice for Rae Review

OSHAWA, Ont. - Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) have submitted a joint response to the Rae Review on Postsecondary Education. The Response to the Postsecondary Review Paper is grounded in the principle of educational justice.

Our integrated campus respects and honours the kind of learning our students opt to pursue in the context of their own circumstances and life choices, and offers access to a wide range of postsecondary options that reinforce the importance of higher learning throughout our lives.

"The coincidence of the Review and our second year as a shared campus is less an accident than an occasion for reflecting on the necessity of postsecondary change," said Gary Polonsky, president of both Durham College and UOIT. "We are more than willing to serve as the vanguard of new ideas and thinking differently."

The recommendations will be important to raising the conceptual bar, by recognizing that all student choices should be encouraged and supported, and innovation should define our future.


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.

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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