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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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Governor General recognizes university alumnus for work with vulnerable members of society

From left: Dr. Naheed Dosani with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.
From left: Dr. Naheed Dosani with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.

As a palliative care physician, Dr. Naheed Dosani understands the barriers homelessness, addiction, poverty and insecure housing create for people with life-limiting illnesses.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology graduate (Biological and Biomedical Sciences, class of 2008), now works with the Toronto-based William Osler Health System. He is also part of Inner-City Health Associates (ICHA), a group of more than 60 physicians who work in shelters and drop-in sites in the Greater Toronto Area to provide care to homeless and marginally housed individuals. 

Dr. Dosani recently received the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division) for his commitment to helping some of the most marginalized members of society.

The Governor General presents awards in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. Dr. Dosani was among close to 60 remarkable Canadians recognized for their excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette.