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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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Risk assessment and distancing

While physical distancing is no longer a provincial requirement, it is still the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We have developed a series of mitigation strategies below that our campus community should follow:

Limiting physical contact and minimizing interpersonal interactions

In locations where lineups could form (e.g. libraries, Tuck Shop, food services, Registrar’s office and Student Life services, bookstore), ensure spacing so you can safely distance yourself from others in the line. Where possible, we strongly encourage you to make appointments in advance. In order to minimize contact with others, use technology to share documents, information, and cashless transactions.

Elevator etiquette

Elevator usage should ensure distance is maintained. This may require you to wait longer than usual for elevators. Using stairs whenever possible will help alleviate elevator wait times. Elevators are considered a high-touch area and will be subject to more frequent cleaning. We encourage you to wash or disinfect your hands before entering and after leaving an elevator.

Using restrooms

You should ensure distance is maintained while using restrooms. If after entering the restroom you realize it’s at capacity, exit the restroom and wait. Wash with soap and water, and where possible sanitize your hands after using the washroom.

Working in office environments

You should maintain a distance of at least two metres from others. Departments should consider staggering chairs or desks to achieve this physical distance. If you share equipment with a colleague, it must be disinfected before and after each use.

Shared spaces (excludes shared offices)

If the users of the space are known, we strongly encourage you to centralize the use of space by scheduling time slots; otherwise, prior to entering the space, you should ensure you're able to maintain a physical distance. You should refrain from sharing tools and equipment (such as keyboards, pens, and other tools) where possible.

Break room/food

You should continue to exercise distance between yourself and others, and avoid sitting facing one another. You should wipe down the table and chair you used once you're done.  Staggered lunch breaks are also encouraged to avoid unnecessary interaction.

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