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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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Founding Chancellor Lyn McLeod recognized for distinguished public service

Lyn McLeod served as Founding Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2008.
Lyn McLeod served as Founding Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2008.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology proudly salutes Founding Chancellor Lyn McLeod for receiving the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians’ Distinguished Service Award on September 20.

Shortly after completing her outstanding career at the Ontario Legislature, Lyn McLeod accepted the university’s invitation to become its first Chancellor. At the time of her installation in 2004, the institution was the first new university established in the province in about four decades.

As Founding Chancellor, McLeod applied her remarkable public service leadership skills, bringing great awareness and distinction to the new university throughout its formative years. She presided over the university’s first Convocation ceremonies, including the graduation of the first class of four-year degree recipients in 2007. Her term concluded in 2008.

Chancellor McLeod’s legacy of contributing to Ontario’s diverse social fabric lives in each of our 16,000 alumni, who, like her, demonstrate citizen leadership in their communities.