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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 to confer four honorary degrees at 2015 Convocation

Convocation ceremony at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, June 2014.
Convocation ceremony at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, June 2014.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) will award four notable Canadians with honorary Doctor of Laws degrees during its Convocation ceremonies on June 4 and 5.

Honorary degrees recognize persons who have made an outstanding intellectual and/or scholarly contribution in their chosen field of academic eminence; who have provided outstanding service and/or contributions to greater society through non-academic achievements and/or public service; or who have made major contributions in areas relevant to the mission of the university or to Durham Region and Northumberland County.

Honorary degrees will be presented to:

Mrs. Helen Vari, international humanitarian, for her aid to the arts, education, heritage preservation and health care.

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. ceremony
    • Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science
    • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Dr. Jean Moss, pioneer and leader among chiropractic and health-care professionals worldwide.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 – 2 p.m. ceremony

    • Faculty of Education
    • Faculty of Health Sciences

Mr. Desmond Newman, innovator and civic influencer.

  • Friday, June 5, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. ceremony
    • Faculty of Business and Information Technology
    • Faculty of Science

Mr. Grantley Morris, community developer and philanthropist.

  • Friday, June 5, 2015 – 2 p.m. ceremony
    • Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

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Ontario Tech University
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