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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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FHS researcher co-authors Toronto Star opinion piece on poverty and premature death

Doctor taking patient's blood pressure

Dr. Toba Bryant, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), recently published an opinion piece for the Toronto Star on the connection between income level and health.

Dr. Bryant co-authored Income inequality is a deadly problem with Dr. Dennis Raphael, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Health Policy and Equity, Faculty of Health, York University, in response to a recent Statistics Canada study that shows poverty is associated with the premature death of 40,000 Canadians per year. In the piece, the researchers remind policy makers of the pressing need to consider the broad determinants of health, including income inequality, to address the root causes of:

  • chronic conditions
  • premature death
  • various forms of disability

Dr. Bryant conducts extensive research-related work on the social determinants of health. She has a nationally recognized track record in advocating for health and social policy change for marginalized individuals and groups.