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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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Patrice Dutil, PH.D.

Patrice Dutil

Patrice Dutil is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. Before joining the department in 2006, he worked in the government of Ontario and at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada for almost 20 years.  

Professor Dutil focuses his research in two broad areas: political and administrative leadership and the budgetary and policy process. He has ten books to his name as well as numerous scholarly articles on a wide variety of subjects. His works include Searching For Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet in Canada, The Service State: Rhetoric, Reality and PromiseThe Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario, and Prime Ministerial Power in Canadas as well as books on diverse aspects of Canadian political history. He pursued his BA at York University, his Master's at the Université de Montreal and his Ph.D. at York University.