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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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Ontario Tech Faculty of Education celebrates two provincial awards

Two faculty members receive Minister’s Award of Excellence

Faculty of Education Building at Ontario Tech University's downtown Oshawa location.
Faculty of Education Building at Ontario Tech University's downtown Oshawa location.

For their efforts to make a positive difference for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and their dedication to the local community, Ontario Tech University Faculty of Education members Jennifer Laffier and Alison Mann are Minister’s Award of Excellence recipients from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

The certificates from Minister Ross Romano recognize actions ‘contributing to Ontario’s world-class post-secondary sector, and for efforts in transitioning to online delivery, community impact and research’.

Dr. Jennifer Laffier, an Assistant Professor, received her award September 22 for ‘dedication to providing mental health support during COVID-19 felt by her students and the community at-large. She freely volunteered her time and 25 years of experience in psychotherapy to help support her students, colleagues and community.’

Alison Mann, a Sessional Instructor, was honoured October 1 for ‘helping her colleagues transition to online teaching during COVID-19, and for providing one-on-one guidance and workshops to ensure Ontario Tech students had a successful third term online’.


“The Faculty of Education and the broader university community are exceptionally proud of these distinctions for Jennifer and Alison. They exemplify the overall dedication and spirit of commitment demonstrated by our entire faculty team on a daily basis.” 
-Dr. Robin Kay, Dean, Faculty of Education, Ontario Tech University