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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 12: April 6, 2022

Ontario Tech to continue with mandatory mask directive; other public-health restrictions changing effective Sunday, May 1

To ensure the safety of our campus, Ontario Tech University will continue with its mandatory mask directive in all university buildings until further notice. We will reassess the situation and communicate further over the month of May.

Following the province’s decision to lift public-health restrictions, the university plans to pause its proof-of-vaccination directive effective Sunday, May 1. Active screening via the online COVID-19 screening tool will no longer be in place and entry points to university buildings will once again be open. We’d like to thank those who have helped us keep our community safe by following directives, which has enabled us to achieve a near-perfect vaccination rate among our campus community members. We strongly encourage booster doses as they become available.

This decision, and subsequent ones, will be contingent upon public-health conditions and the developing situation in Durham Region. If we need to extend or reinstate either or both of these directives at any given time, we will not hesitate to do so to keep our campus safe.

All university community members are strongly encouraged to:

  • Remain up-to-date on boosters, when eligible. Vaccination remains the best protection against the worst effects of COVID-19 and its variants, and is the most important way to protect public health.
  • Maintain physical distancing where possible.
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well, have tested positive, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive per public-health guidelines.

Thank you for acting responsibly and doing your part to keep one another safe. We are all tired of the pandemic, but it is not yet fully behind us. We trust that all members of our university will continue to remain vigilant and flexible so that we can ensure the continued health and safety of our campus community.

 

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