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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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FSSH professor earns federal research award

Earlier this year, faculty of Social Science and Humanities' Dr. Carla Cesaroni was named as one of the recipients of new Insight Grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Based on her research, she says there are compelling reasons for Canada to make changes to how it currently imprisons young adult inmates.

“Young prisoners are less able to cope with the stress of incarceration that their adult counterparts,” explains Dr. Cesaroni “Through the anxiety of being deprived of their families and social networks, young adults have generally been found to be involved in more disciplinary infractions, inmate-staff assaults and conflicts with others in prison. We are examining the need for a more age-appropriate correctional policy for young adults.”

Dr. Cesaroni will compare Canadian experiences with those of a group of young adults in the Scottish prison system where there are Young Offender Institutions for 18-to-21 year olds. Research findings will have significant implications for Canadian correctional policy and practice for young adults.

Dr. Cesaroni’s SSHRC Insight Grant is valued at $97,282 over three years.