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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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ACE’s indoor rainstorm dazzles new UOIT students during Orientation Week

First-year students compete in Orientation Week water battle inside ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel.
First-year students compete in Orientation Week water battle inside ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel.

It may have been the craziest competition for students ever staged at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

As part of UOIT Orientation Week activities in early September, ACE teamed up with the university’s Office of Student Life to welcome all new students and invite them to take part in a friendly showdown inside the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel.

The competition pitted incoming students from all seven UOIT faculties against each another in a battle of innovation and resourcefulness. The students’ challenge was to help fill their team’s water bucket using only a small number of tools: a small cup, a sponge and a miniature water gun.

To speed up the process, teams had to apply innovative ideas – some turning to their own clothing to help fill their water bucket. This unique Orientation event was an amazing opportunity to strengthen the sense of community between UOIT’s first-year students, as well as a chance for the university to showcase the amazing research and testing facilities it has on campus.

“ACE is an important hub of activity for UOIT, where scientific research and teaching goes on every day,” said Don Toporowski, ACE General Manager. “We are always delighted when students and members of the local community devise ways to use ACE to welcome new students and build our community. We hope that those in our water battle video, and all of our new students have a great educational experience at UOIT, as well as a fun and thoroughly memorable time.”

Students also had the chance to participate in many other Orientation Week activities including faculty dodgeball competitions, the Wild Goose Chase and Ultimate Frisbee. ACE would like to thank the university and all first-year students for making the Climatic Wind Tunnel water battle an unforgettable event.