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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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The Joyce Foundation makes a $1 million investment in UOIT students

The Joyce Foundation Cheque PresentationThe Joyce Foundation is making the dream of a post-secondary education a reality for students from Durham Region and Northumberland County. The $1 million donation will establish The Joyce Foundation Success Awards, supporting first-year students who have demonstrated financial need.

 “The Joyce Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to improving the lives of Canadian youth time and time again,” said Tim McTiernan, PhD, UOIT President. “This gift to University of Ontario Institute of Technology students will not only remove financial barriers to education, but empower them to develop into citizen leaders who will impact our society.”

The Joyce Foundation is a private, family foundation created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce. His philanthropy reflects a deep-rooted sense of responsibility to give back to his community. 

“The Joyce Foundation believes in opening the doors to education for those who face financial need. An investment in youth who dream of post-secondary training and education is an investment in their future and the well-being of the community. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology equips students with these tools for success.”

-Ron Joyce, Advisor Trustee

Since 2010, donors have provided more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate awards at UOIT, enabling students to complete their degrees.  

“The generosity of others has profoundly shaped the lives of students,” said Anthony Boland, Bachelor of Science (Physics), class of 2012. “The kindness of The Joyce Foundation makes me proud to be a part of a community that supports the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers.”

The Joyce Foundation Success Awards will provide two $4,000 bursaries annually and the awards will grow to support eight students by the 2019-2020 academic year.  

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