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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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Environmental policy expert weighs in on iceberg break off Antarctica

Peter Stoett, PhD offers thoughts on what the event means for future Antarctic policy and research

Peter Stoett, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
Peter Stoett, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

On July 12 scientists from U.K.-based research team Project MIDAS announced that a one trillion-tonne iceberg broke off the Antarctic peninsula. The iceberg is 5,800 square km —larger than Prince Edward Island—and its volume is twice that of Lake Erie.

The news has researchers not only wondering about the long-term impact of the break (also known as ‘calving’), but also about what the future holds for Antarctic research and policy.

Environmental policy expert Peter Stoett, PhD, Dean of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, offers his thoughts:

"While not necessarily linked to climate change, warmer temperatures in the Antarctic region mean we will have to monitor major calving events like this to see the impact,” he says. “This event adds to the growing complexity of Antarctic research and policy challenges."

To schedule a media interview with Dr. Stoett, contact