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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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Community member pledges $500,000 to auditorium at UOIT

OSHAWA, Ont. - Students of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will enjoy the largest lecture auditorium in the Science building for decades to come thanks to a generous $500,000 pledge from Dr. Peter Zakarow. The Dr. Peter Zakarow Auditorium accommodates 250 students and is complete with all the technology necessary for laptop learning and teaching.

For many years, Dr. Zakarow has been an active supporter of Durham College and a community champion for the establishment of UOIT. Through his efforts as a long-time member of the Board of Governors of Durham College, and as the inaugural chair of the Durham College Foundation, he has demonstrated time and again his commitment to the students, faculty and staff of both institutions.

"I am proud to have been associated with Durham College and now UOIT," said Dr. Zakarow in making his pledge. "The gift which Marianne and I are announcing tonight was the result of a decision made by our whole family. Contributing to post-secondary education, especially in our local community is an honour and a privilege."

Terry Slobodian, vice-president of Advancement with UOIT and president of the Durham College Foundation stated, "This pledge is indicative of the strong community support that we have for both Durham College and UOIT and the continued involvement of people who have held leadership roles on campus in past years."

The announcement of Dr. Zakarow's pledge was made at the December Board of Governors' meeting and annual dinner attended by both current and past governors of Durham College and UOIT.

Both Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann, Board of Governors chair and Gary Polonsky, president of Durham College and UOIT, expressed their sincere appreciation to Dr. Zakarow for his pace-setting leadership.

"Dr. Zakarow has long been an esteemed leader on our campus, as a former Board chair and chair of our Foundation," said Gary Polonsky, president of Durham College and UOIT. "As well, he is a recognized leader in his profession, community and country. On behalf of all of us in Durham College and UOIT, especially our students who will benefit directly from his generous donation, I thank Dr. Zakarow and his family. We are proud to name our beautiful auditorium after him."

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