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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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ACE serves up live blues for UOIT students at Orientation

Canadian band Soulstack shoots music video in ACE climatic wind tunnel

Soulstack concert for UOIT students in the ACE climatic wind tunnel (September 8, 2015)
Soulstack concert for UOIT students in the ACE climatic wind tunnel (September 8, 2015)

The new academic year began on a high note in September at ACE.

New and returning University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) students, staff and faculty were greeted during Orientation by a live lunchtime show by talented blues band Soulstack, staged at ACE’s climatic wind tunnel.

The band turned the renowned testing facility into a concert venue. The performance was accompanied by the Grillin’ Like a Villain food truck, which provided delicious southern-style BBQ dining options.

Soulstack video - Just Don’t Call it the Blues
(shot inside ACE in September 2015)

This exciting event was sparked after Soulstack expressed interest in ACE’s soundproof (anechoic) chamber. Prior to the show, the band conducted research to test if the anechoic room was useful for recording purposes. This room has special properties that ensure minimal reverberation, which provides an ideal environment for audio recording. ACE looks forward to hosting more bands for audio work in the future.

“ACE is always trying to find new ways to build awareness and provide unique experiences for University of Ontario Institute of Technology staff and students,” said Don Toporowski, General Manager, ACE. “We are delighted we could use our facility to welcome new and returning students to campus and help them understand how ACE is a unique asset available to everyone for education and research.”