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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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You can help students impacted by COVID-19

We hope you and those important to you, are healthy as we begin to think about the approach of summer.  In April, President Steven Murphy provided an update on how Ontario Tech is responding to the pandemic as it affects our students, our community and our province. We know that this pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. 

An important part of the University’s response was the creation of the Student Relief Fund to assist our students who have increased financial need due to COVID-19. To help, the University is matching up to $1 million in donations; all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar. To date, we have raised $140,000 thanks to the support of the Student Union who redirected their special events funds to help fellow students, future alumni. 

By the end of May, more than 1,200 students with urgent needs for living expenses such as groceries and rent had applied to the Student Relief Fund. With the loss of summer jobs and limited part-time employment, we expect the need to rise significantly. 

As President Murphy shared in a message to alumni in April, Ontario Tech was among the first to transition to online classes. It took one day for us to make sure our students could complete their coursework. They are the leaders who will bring the innovation and skills needed to solve our future challenges as a society – it’s important that they are able to continue their education and prepare themselves for their chosen careers.  The Student Relief Fund will help.

If you are in a position to help, please consider making a gift to the Student Relief Fund . Every dollar makes a difference and will be doubled making a greater impact. We want to show our current students that alumni are here for them too. 

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