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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Operational assumptions

These operational assumptions will help establish parameters for our return-to-physical workplace, and provide guidance to our unit leaders when developing their individual plans:

1 Our plan will be guided by the Government of Ontario’s phased approach to reopening the province and the practices at other Ontario universities, with advice from the Ontario and Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. 
2

We will welcome students back to campus as soon as it’s safe to do so in a staged fashion. Community members will return in a limited, prioritized basis. Priority will be given to enable:

  1. Successful transition into university life.
  2. Students to complete their courses and graduate.

We will support students in the following sequence:

  1. Graduate students.
  2. Fourth-year students.
  3. First-year students.
  4. Second- and third-year students.
3

Priority will be given to research activity in the following order: 

  1. COVID-related research.
  2. Research labs with active graduate students.
  3. Other research activity, subject to proper risk assessment, approval, and measured against student access requirements.
  4. Research taking place with partners and/or at off-site locations and following partner protocols.
4 We will incorporate space-planning solutions to support the government’s physical distancing measures. This will include proper risk assessment of any on-campus activity.
5 Anxiety will exist and may require accommodation due to factors such as, but not limited to, health and safety concerns, etc.
6

Telework will continue over the course of this pandemic to support:

  • Gathering sizes.
  • Government closures (e.g. daycares, schools, modified store hours, modified public transit support).
  • Physical distancing measures.
  • Vulnerable persons.
7

There will be budget implications due to mandatory and best practices related to our new environment, such as:

  • Additional safety training.
  • Engineered solutions.
  • Enhanced sanitary measures.
  • Non-medical protective equipment.
  • Monitoring and additional security requirements.
  • Signage for physical distancing and other necessary reminders.

We will process our buildings’ core infrastructure, maintenance and inspections based on the multi-stage approach and prioritized sequences noted above. 

Although we’re moving forward with return-to-campus planning, we’ll continue to monitor reliable information channels related to COVID-19 and we’ll review, revise and communicate our action plans as required.