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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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Sun shines on new UOIT Solar Vehicle Team

OSHAWA, Ont. - A group of engineering students at UOIT have formed the school's first ever Solar Vehicle Team. The official announcement and launch of this endeavour will take place in the East Atrium of the Science building at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Hosted by students of this team, this event will help publicly kick-off the project through highlights including a model car, hands-on activities, and an audio/visual presentation.

Students have been working on this project for two years and are now looking for the community's support in their efforts; seeking donations and sponsorship to see them through to their goal of a fully completed and "race ready" car in 2006.

After forming an executive team in September 2003, the group since has established a presence within the university by recruiting a design team and gaining financial support from the institution. They are currently in the process of constructing their first vehicle and are simultaneously fundraising to aid in construction.

The UOIT Solar Vehicle Team is the first project of its kind in Durham Region. It is planned to be a collaboration between the academic community and industry-an example of how co-operation can lead to extraordinary accomplishments.

The team has a clear message that they are trying to send which is, "To design and build a competitive solar vehicle that represents UOIT and the community in one of the prestigious solar racing events, while educating students and the public on renewable energy to promote environmental sustainability."  


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 attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 1.866.844.8648.

For more information, please contact:

Samveg Saxena, president and founder
UOIT Solar Car Team
905.721.8668 ext. 6980

About Ontario Tech University
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Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
905.721.3111 ext. 2513