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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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Education instructor appointed to Scouts Canada role

Lewis Williams, Outdoor Education Instructor and Faculty Advisor in UOIT's Faculty of Education.
Lewis Williams, Outdoor Education Instructor and Faculty Advisor in UOIT's Faculty of Education.

Lewis Williams, Outdoor Education Instructor and Faculty Advisor in the Faculty of Education (FEd), has been appointed National Program Advisor - Outdoor for Scouts Canada. His responsibilities will include assisting with strategic planning of a dynamic outdoor adventure curriculum for youth across Canada.

“Congratulations to Lewis on this wonderful and well-deserved achievement,” said Dr. Suzanne de Castell, Dean, FEd. “As an exceptionally accomplished educator and leader in community-based and environmental education activities, he contributes his skills and knowledge to several of our programs in the faculty, working with University of Ontario Institute of Technology teacher candidates . For the first time, this coming year he will also be offering university-wide outdoor experience electives that focus on leadership and environmental stewardship, courses that will be available to all UOIT students.   

Williams owns Wood Smoke and Paddle Song, an outdoor adventure training organization that offers programs for youth and adults in outdoor skills, leadership and first aid. He is a certified instructor in canoe tripping, backpacking, outdoor skills and first aid. He also works with community organizations such as:

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program
  • Durham District School Board
  • Durham Regional Police Service
  • Hike Ontario
  • Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association
  • Red Cross
  • Scouts Canada
  • The Refuge's Wilderness Rocs camping program for homeless youth
  • YMCA