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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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How universities can drive Canada’s energy strategy

President Steven Murphy’s National Post op-ed discusses the role informed science and impartial research will play in Canada’s transition to carbon neutrality

4 images of different energy technologies including two transmission towers, solar panels and a wind turbine

With resource consumption and carbon output rates at an all-time high, Canada is at a crucial juncture. Now is the time for the nation to revamp its energy strategy—and universities are well-positioned to play a lead role in making the right changes without compromising along the way, says Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University.

In his November 14 National Post op-ed, Dr. Murphy lays out the many challenges Canada faces if it is to reach its goal of generating 100 per cent of its energy from non-emitting sources by 2050. Each of the country’s regions relies on a different mix of energy sources, which adds to the complexity.

The solution, according to Dr. Murphy, is in the informed science and impartial research universities provide. As neutral arbiters, universities can help cut through misinformation and ideology, and encourage mutual understanding and sharing of best practices across energy sectors. The result: an energy strategy that works for all of Canada.