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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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Criminology students recognized for research on homicide and drug offenders

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What drives a teen to kill, not just once, but multiple times?

What factors contribute to a substance-abusing offender’s successful completion of a drug treatment court program?

Bailey Guminny and Julia Bakker, Criminology and Justice students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, explored these and other questions through their master’s and undergraduate research projects, respectively. Both students were recently recognized with Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student awards from the Canadian Sociology Association (CSA).

“Congratulations to Bailey and Julia for these well-deserved recognitions,” said Dr. Nawal Ammar, Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH). “Their outstanding research is helping open doors to a better understanding of various types of offenders, and will help with our society’s efforts to address criminal behaviour and justice issues. These are just two examples of many promising student research projects within our faculty that are bound to have a profound impact on our communities.”

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The CSA awards were established in 2013 as a way of helping the Sociology departments of Canadian universities recognize their top graduating honours, Master of Arts and PhD students. Each department selects one top student in each academic level. The departments determine their own criteria, with research strength as a top priority.