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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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Q and A with Otto Sanchez

Dr. Otto Sanchez

What do you enjoy/like most about your position at UOIT?

UOIT is a place in constant change and evolution with a strong sense of common purpose. Working collaboratively with faculty, students and staff is a joy!

What is your favourite hobby or pastime? 

Jogging (up to 10K – not more… for now) and experience live soccer (devoted Toronto FC fan).

What historical figure you most identity with?

I failed History twice in high school – so, it was definitely not my forte. Now, Geography was much more interesting! I identify with explorers.

Which living person do you most admire?

Nelson Mandela – he will always be alive in my mind and spirit.

Where do you like to vacation or spend your free time?

Colombia – of course. I enjoy experiencing any Latin American countries as they bring amazing and unexpected surprises that remind me of the importance of friends, communities and emotions.

What is your favourite movie?

Apollo 13 – I grew up during the “moon trip” decades. So, I’m in for any space travelling movie.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddharta Mukherjee – re-reading it and enjoying it even more this second time.