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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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UOIT student wins Human Rights Award

OSHAWA, Ont. - Naheed Dosani, an honours Bachelor of Science student with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will today be presented with a William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations from the City of Toronto.

"I am very honoured and very surprised to have been selected for such an award. It is even more of an honour to me because I have been recognized as an outstanding citizen by the city I have lived in since I was born," said Dosani who is a resident of Scarborough. "I also see this award as an achievement of not only my actions, but of those who helped me change negative feelings and educate people in the post 9/11 era about the fact that not all Muslims, Arabs and Afghans are terrorists."

The award will be handed out by Mayor David Miller at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Toronto City Hall, located at 100 Queen Street West. It honours Dosani's work in creating positive race relations in Toronto.

Nominated by Alice Longhurst of TD Canada Trust (Dosani was a TD Canada Trust Scholar), his previous work includes educating high school students and local elementary schools about the suffering that many individuals in Afghanistan have had to endure. As a result of his efforts, nearly $3,000 was raised for orphanages and hospitals.

"I give thanks to all those who have supported me including my parents, my family, my friends and my mentors," said Dosani. "I hope to continue working on such community-based initiatives with the new organization I have started up and that will be launching in the new year with many other students on the campus of Durham College and UOIT - Students for Humanitarianism and Action through Respect and Education (SHARE). I look forward to working on initiatives with this organization both locally and internationally in the future."

The William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations is one of five awards that will be presented at the event, which is administered by the Chief Administrator's office for the City of Toronto.

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