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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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Joycelyn Kelly

Joycelyn Kelly brings over 15 years of professional experience in corporate training, career development and workshop facilitation in the community and at the post-secondary level. Joycelyn is passionate about student development, mental health and program delivery using emerging AI technologies. As an Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Durham College, Joycelyn enjoys connecting and applying emerging AI technologies in professional practice -teaching and learning. Joycelyn is a graduate of Ontario Tech University (BA Hons Educational Studies & Digital Technology) and is progressing her research in the Masters of Education program at Ontario Tech University.