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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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Region of Durham presents Healthy Workplace Award to UOIT

Hunter the Ridgeback helps the Healthy Workplace Committee celebrate the university's second-consecutive Healthy Workplace Award from the Regional Municipality of Durham.
Hunter the Ridgeback helps the Healthy Workplace Committee celebrate the university's second-consecutive Healthy Workplace Award from the Regional Municipality of Durham.

For the second consecutive year, the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Health Department presented the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) with a Healthy Workplace Award (Gold category).

The Healthy Workplace Award recognizes workplaces in Durham Region for their efforts to support the health of their employees.UOIT receives 2015 Healthy Workplace Award from the Region of Durham

For 2015, the university’s categories of recognition are:

  • Healthy Eating*
  • Physical Activity*
  • Mental Health

*The university also won Gold Awards in these categories in 2014.

The award presentation coincides with the third anniversary of the university creating the Healthy Workplace Committee.

To achieve the Region of Durham award, a workplace must use at least two of the following four health strategies:

  • Awareness Raising
  • Education and Skill Building
  • Environmental Support
  • Healthy Policies

In 2013, the university’s Human Resources department created the Healthy Workplace Committee (HWC) – a team of faculty and staff representatives from various departments, offices and faculties across the university. Since it was launched, in addition to driving awareness of various wellness resources, the HWC has also championed a number of initiatives to engage university employees, such as:

  • Carnations for Kindness
  • Encouraging faculty and staff to complete the UOIT-created Mindsight program  (online educational community resource to reduce stigma of mental illness)
  • Healthy Eating Calendar (proceeds to support students through the Holiday Campus Food Drive)
  • Healthy Workplace Fair
  • Just for the Health of It photo contest
  • Promoting on-campus health and safety initiatives
  • Promoting work, health and life balance
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • Workshops and seminar on mental health awareness
  • Yoga in the Park


“The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is committed to ensuring the university is a healthy, safe and supportive place to work. We are very proud to be recognized by the Region for the second straight year. The university offers a variety of resources and programs that strive to support a positive work environment, foster healthy and engaged employees, and promote physical and emotional wellness.”

-Joanne Evans, Director, UOIT Human Resources

“Adults spend about half of their waking hours at work, so the workplace has a huge impact on the health of employees. The winners of this award have shown dedication to health and wellness initiatives at their workplace to support their employees.”

-Danielle Cox, Public Health Nurse, Region of Durham