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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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UOIT faculty and student research shines spotlight on autism

Children with ASD playing soccer outside

On April 2, Canadians celebrated the eighth-annual World Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations General Assembly declared this day in 2007 as a way of increasing knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sharing information about the importance of early diagnosis and intervention, and encouraging acceptance and appreciation. In much of the world, April is also considered Autism Awareness Month.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) highlights the research of faculty members and students who are working to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by ASD.

“In spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder, faculty, staff and students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology have the opportunity to demonstrate their support for those affected by this condition,” said Michael Owen, Vice-President, Research Innovation and International. “The university is committed to research that will help improve lives and promote opportunities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and support their families and caregivers.”

Here are some of UOIT’s research projects that focus on ASD-related matters: