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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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Ontario Tech epidemiologist collaborating with World Health Organization on COVID-19 Research

Faculty of Health Sciences researcher Dr. Pierre Côté is Ontario Tech University's Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation,
Faculty of Health Sciences researcher Dr. Pierre Côté is Ontario Tech University's Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation,

While new scientific findings in the global effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 surface every day, Ontario Tech University epidemiologist Dr. Pierre Côté is playing an important role in support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Côté, Ontario Tech’s Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation, was selected by the WHO to lead a collaborative effort to inform key individuals within the WHO about COVID-19 trends and issues. The Faculty of Health Sciences researcher is responsible for reviewing and producing the WHO daily COVID-19 Research Digest. The Digest compiles the latest trends on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Breakthroughs in research into interventions/therapeutics.
  • Major advances in knowledge about the virus or disease and challenges to previously held understandings.
  • Clinical updates, such as new symptoms, risk factors, and associated COVID-19 conditions.
  • Epidemiology and public health trends.

“Serving in this role for WHO at this unprecedented time presents a special opportunity for Ontario Tech University,” says Dr. Côté. “The Daily Digest we compile provides end-users at WHO with rapid access to the exploding range of new literature from key publications of primary research related to COVID-19, including epidemiology, lab studies, vaccine development, travel restriction measures, and more. The report ensures public health experts are apprised of the latest findings around the globe.”

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