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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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Flags lowered to honour Quebec City mosque victims

Students walking on campus

Our university community is shocked and dismayed at the violence committed in the Quebec City mosque this weekend.

Ours is a welcoming country and community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and equity in all that we do. We strive to bring our best selves to campus and abroad. When an act of terrorism kills and injures innocent, peaceful worshippers, we recoil in grief and feel a loss of safety, and of civility.

At this time of sorrow, we will honour those killed in Sainte-Foy by lowering our campus flags on Tuesday, January 31.

As we lower our flags, we also vow to raise our voices in proclaiming our university’s values. We resolve to celebrate diversity. We resolve to foster a campus that is free from fear and intimidation. And we resolve to do even more to support everyone within this university with unconditional compassion and with open minds.

With that in in mind, if you, or someone you know within our community, need assistance or support please remember the confidential counselling services available for students and for staff and faculty.