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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 President appointed to U SPORTS Board of Directors

Dr. Steven Murphy’s connection to Canadian university sport supports positive on-campus student experiences

From left: Ontario Tech's Scott Barker, Director, Athletics, with university mascot Hunter the Ridgeback and Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor.
From left: Ontario Tech's Scott Barker, Director, Athletics, with university mascot Hunter the Ridgeback and Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor.

Ontario Tech University is ready to play an important role in ensuring student-athletes have the best experience possible as they gradually return to varsity competition post-COVID-19.

Dr. Steven Murphy, Ontario Tech’s President and Vice-Chancellor, has been involved with return to sport at the provincial level, and he’ll now add the national university sport profile to his priorities. Dr. Murphy has joined the U SPORTS Board of Directors as the representative for Ontario University Athletics (OUA). He has served as OUA Vice-Chair since November 2020.

Dr. Murphy’s connection to sport administration runs deep; in 2019 his support was instrumental in bringing men’s and women’s basketball into Ontario Tech’s varsity lineup. He has also served as a player/referee and coach for most of his life.

“Sports and recreation strongly enhance the on-campus university experience, creating a sense of belonging and connecting varsity athletes with their communities,” says Dr. Murphy. “I’m a big believer in creating a ‘sticky campus’: a university environment that encourages students, faculty and staff to stay on campus to socialize and unwind after a day of learning and working. For many people, sports or recreation are useful in managing physical and mental health. I look forward to sharing my leadership and expertise on a national level as we enable the safe, gradual return of varsity athletics to university campuses across Canada, and support student-athletes so they can excel in their athletic and academic pursuits.”