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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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Update 1: April 2020

To all members of the Ontario Tech University research community:

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI), including the Office of Research Services and Brilliant Catalyst, are continually assessing the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates to the research community regarding potential impacts on the university’s research operations. We want to assure you that the university’s response is guided by the need to ensure the health of our community and, as much as possible, the continuity of our research activities.

As you are aware, the situation continues to change quickly so researchers need to prepare to delay, scale back or stop research activities. The university is encouraging social distancing to protect vulnerable individuals, reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the impact on our health care system. For many research environments, social distancing is a feasible measure.

Faculty members have a responsibility to their staff, students and research participants to ensure that certain precautions are taken:

  • Stay informed of current Ontario Tech University COVID-19 information and research-specific guidance, ensuring that all relevant information is disseminated to applicable research staff and that the university’s guidance is adhered to.
  • Reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 by following all applicable public-health precautions.
  • Ensure research is conducted safely and in accordance with applicable requirements and best practices.

We recognize you may have many questions. To help guide the research community, we've created a set of frequently asked questions that will be reviewed and updated as necessary with the latest available information on how to minimize the impact on research operations across the university. If you have additional questions after reviewing these FAQ, please email the appropriate VPRI contact for further support. Note: VPRI staff are working remotely until further notice; therefore, the best way to contact us for the time being is by email. If your request is urgent, contact research@ontariotechu.ca.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of public health agencies. The university is continuing under normal operating procedures. All current information is located on the Ontario Tech University main page through its official communication channels:

The Office of Research Services will also update the Research website with the latest sponsor updates. In addition, we will continue to distribute this information via email.

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