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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 10: April 8, 2021

Good morning research community,

Effective Thursday, April 8, at 12:01 a.m., all of Ontario is subject to a stay-at-home order as announced by the Province of Ontario. I would like to inform members of the research community at Ontario Tech that my last communication on Research update: April 5, 2021 still applies:

  • Approved on-campus research can continue under the current framework. Approved researchers should continue to use the email confirmation sent to them on April 5 in the event they are asked to confirm their on-campus access.
  • New requests for on-campus research activities will continue to follow the on-campus research approval process –Stage 3 of the Stages to Resume Research Activities on Campus.  
  • The Research Ethics Board (REB) suspension of all research involving in-person contact with human participants remains in effect.

Please ensure continued vigilance with approved safety measures to ensure a safe research environment. If you have questions, please contact your Faculty On-Campus Research Committee lead or refer to the Health and Safety website.

Ontario Tech University will continue to limit access to buildings and facilities to those attending previously approved in-person classes and labs, and on-campus essential services. These measures will remain in place for at least four weeks. Where possible, researchers should consider ramping down on-campus research activities during this time.

Again, thank you everyone for your continued support and efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure to our research community. I will be in touch if anything changes. Please continue to stay safe and healthy.

Prof. Les Jacobs, PhD, FRSC 
Vice-President, Research and Innovation 

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