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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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Tanya Williamson

As a science classroom teacher for almost 17 years, Tanya has extensive experience teaching students in all pathways (K-12; LEAP, essential, applied, academic and IB) in both a face to face and online environment.  She has used a balance of technology, outdoor experiences, and inquiry-based learning to create meaningful and engaging lessons for students.   

In her former role as the acting Secondary Science Instructional Program Leader for the Halton District School Board, her responsibilities included setting direction in areas of 21st century learning, eLearning, assessment and evaluation, collaborative inquiry and applied learning strategies.  This role also involved mentoring numerous science teachers by providing classroom and resource support for educational technology, behaviour management, assessment and evaluation, curriculum implementation and differentiated instruction.

Tanya currently holds the role of eLearning Contact for HDSB and supports technology enhanced learning in secondary schools across all subject areas.  Tanya has facilitated the online Intermediate Science ABQ course at Ontario Tech for the past 4 years. She holds an Honours B.Sc. from McMaster University, B.Ed from the University of Windsor and M.A in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) with a research focus on integrating science with place-based environmental education and student activism.   

Away from work, Tanya is a community field hockey and ice hockey coach. In line with her passion for environmental education, she volunteers with the Field and Stream Rescue Team in Halton Region and is actively involved in community restoration projects.