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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 University and Durham College celebrate successful Campus Food Drive

Photo of a campus building with the Ontario Tech logo.

Thanks to the generosity of the Ontario Tech University and Durham College communities, the 2020 Campus Food Drive raised more than $22,000 to help 384 students in need.

“We sincerely appreciate everyone who donated to the drive,” says Sarah Rasile, Director, Student Success, Ontario Tech University. “We couldn’t host our usual fundraising events because of COVID-19 restrictions but we found some creative ways to raise funds virtually. You can see the spirit of giving is still strong in the university and college communities.”

The food drive supports qualifying students with families, and students who are living away from home and experiencing food insecurity, regardless of family circumstances or holiday observances. Students receive assistance through the Student Relief Fund.

 “We are grateful that we can help so many students and provide a positive impact,” says Rasile. “Our hope is to continue to bring together staff and faculty from the university and the college each fall to have fun and raise funds to assist students.”

The Campus Food Drive is an annual campaign organized by Ontario Tech and Durham College with support from staff, faculty, volunteers and community members.