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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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Nikkolas Cheong-Trillo

Nikk is a Professor at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, and has been teaching since 2014. He teaches introductory biomechanics, physiology, and exercise prescription courses in the Fitness and Health Promotion and Food and Nutrition Management programs. Holding a degree in Kinesiology from Western University, Nikk also works as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, remotely developing professional athletes around the world. In 2019, he traveled to Sweden to coach Team Canada at the World Powerlifting Championships. Nikk has a passion for technology and is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at Ontario Tech University.