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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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Dr. Sue Coffey receives prestigious provincial nursing research award

Dr. Sue Coffey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, UOIT.
Dr. Sue Coffey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, UOIT.

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) has recognized Dr. Sue Coffey of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with the 2015 Leadership Award in Nursing Research.

The award honours Dr. Coffey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), for her outstanding contributions to Ontario’s nursing profession. It will be presented at the RNAO Annual General Meeting in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, April 17.

“Congratulations to Dr. Coffey on this much-deserved award,” said Dr. Otto Sanchez, Professor and Interim Dean, FHS. “Through her research, she has influenced nursing curriculum and program development; educational practices using technology; and the nursing student experience. As an academic she is a strong collaborator, and serves as a proactive mentor and advocate for her colleagues. In all of her work she promotes equity, accessibility and lifelong learning in nursing education.”

Dr. Coffey’s nomination highlighted her leadership qualities as former Director of the Durham College-UOIT Collaborative Nursing program. Under her leadership, this program received the 2013 RNAO Promotion in a Nursing Program Award.

Her research on nursing education has led to student-centered innovations in classroom, online, and in clinical and simulation settings. She has secured more than nine million dollars in funding for research and innovative curricular development in nursing. Her work is widely disseminated in educational research journals, an interprofessional health-care practice book in which she co-authored six chapters, and multiple national and international peer-reviewed presentations.