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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: July 8, 2020

Face masks required to be worn in campus buildings starting July 10

Effective Friday, July 10, Ontario Tech University will require anyone on campus to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. This decision is in support of The Regional Municipality of Durham’s and the Durham Region Medical Officer of Health’s decision to make masks mandatory in public and enclosed indoor spaces. See the announcement here.

While the Region of Durham’s new bylaw doesn’t apply to post-secondary institutions, we will adopt this best practice to help keep our campuses, our community―and each other―safe, and to support the excellent work our Region and the Province of Ontario is doing in flattening the curve of COVID-19.

As we prepare for the safe and gradual return to campus, we ask individuals to bring their masks when arriving to campus and to wear them when inside a university building. Such spaces include hallways, elevators, washrooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and other common areas.

Exceptions apply to those who:

  • Have health, respiratory and sensory issues.
  • Have varying abilities.
  • Are unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Have other valid reasons.

Please continue to visit the university’s Ready for You website for updates on our return-to-campus plan.