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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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Linking law to HR

Laura Speciale

Laura Speciale | Class of 2013  
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Legal Studies

Laura is actively searching for that special human resources (HR) job. With a background in law, she was drawn to HR because of the diversity the field offers. While she was enrolled in the Legal Studies program at UOIT, Laura also worked as an Assistant at Benson Percival Brown LLP and as a Legal Assistant for Industrial Alliance and Financial Services. She acquired valuable hands-on knowledge of legal processes and documents, and how law is directly related to HR.

Laura completed a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies at UOIT with a minor in Psychology of Law and specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She found the university's professors to be valued advocates.

"The small classes really allowed us to get to know the professors," she says. "They are our references and are always willing to assist when they know you."

Wanting to attend a postgraduate program, the resources at UOIT helped her with the application process, including resumé and cover letter tailoring. Laura's efforts were successful and she enrolled in the Human Resources Management program at George Brown College where she's learning how HR functions as a strategic partner in business. Laura has recently passed her National Knowledge Exam (NKE) and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) Candidate. She is committed to continue on the path to becoming a CHRP designate and to add value to any organization she enters.