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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 8: January 13, 2021

Dear research community,

Yesterday the Premier declared a second state of emergency in response to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario with measures that will come into effect on January 14.

There have been no changes to research restrictions and “businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities” are permitted to remain open under the Reopening Ontario Act, although human participant research is currently suspended.

However, a "stay at home" order has been issued effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday requiring all individuals to remain at home except for essential trips such as for groceries, pharmacy or medical appointments. We want to encourage all researchers, including research staff and students, who can work and conduct research from home to continue to do so during the “stay at home” order.

For up to date information related to Ontario Tech research, please contact or visit the COVID-19 Research FAQ page.

I would like to emphasize the valuable research taking place at Ontario Tech University and how much I appreciate everyone’s contributions to the research enterprise. I also thank you for your cooperation in these challenging times.


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