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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 mandating COVID-19  vaccinations for individuals coming to campus


The health and safety of Ontario Tech University’s campus and the broader community has always been the university’s top priority. Following discussions surrounding the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, including the emergence of new variants, Ontario Tech will now require all students, faculty, staff and all other individuals coming to any campus location to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The mandatory vaccination directive will take effect Friday, September 3. All members of the campus community are urged to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall semester, where possible. The university will allow people until Sunday, October 17 to receive their second vaccination, realizing that some community members will be coming from overseas and others may not have realized the critical importance of vaccination or may have extenuating circumstances.

Ontario Tech will continue to communicate regular updates regarding mandatory vaccinations. A list of frequently asked questions has been posted on the university’s Ready for You website.

Anyone who cannot be vaccinated, based on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code, can request an accommodation. Also, existing online learning and working options will continue to be available.  

The university will also continue to follow all Durham Region Public Health directives, including mask-wearing, hand-washing, frequent testing, and other possible measures, as required.

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“We all have the responsibility of keeping each other safe. By supporting this mandatory vaccination directive, we all contribute to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, now and over the long term. Let’s work together as the university continues to be a leader in managing COVID-19, and a model for how to best live with a pandemic that will be with us for some time.”
-Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

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