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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 13: December 4, 2020

Wishing you success in exams, and a restful holiday season

Dear students,

As the busy fall semester winds down and the holidays approach, we take the time to reflect on what has been a truly unique year.

Over the last nine months, as a university community we’ve faced challenges and changes under the weight of COVID-19 that most of us would have never anticipated. Through all of the adjustments to our thriving learning environment, you have persevered, exemplifying the adaptability and savvy Ontario Tech students and alumni have long been known for.

With exam period on the immediate horizon, we wish you the very best of success as you prepare for these closing moments of the academic term. You’ve got this!

The holidays this year will likely look different, with celebrations that are smaller, simpler, and in many cases virtual due to the second wave of COVID-19 and the provincial and public-health recommendations to prevent further spread. Many of us will not be travelling as extensively to spend time with family and friends. If you are journeying somewhere, please travel safely.

Over these next few weeks, we encourage you to look after your mental and physical well-being. Please remember if the holidays find you in difficult times, we have many mental health services and supports available to help you.

We know these are challenging times for you, our students. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your caring Ontario Tech community if you need anything. If you are experiencing food insecurities, you can reach out to the  Student Awards and Financial Aid office to complete an assessment to determine eligibility for the Student Relief Fund, and learn about other supports that may be available to you. The deadline for applications to the Student Relief Fund is Friday, December 11.

Again, we hope you are able to use the time during the well-deserved holiday break to rest, recharge and spend some quality time with loved ones. We wish you a healthy and successful new year.

We look forward to seeing you when the university reopens on Monday, January 4 and when all classes begin on Monday, January 11.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Murphy                                                      Dr. Lori A. Livingston
President and Vice-Chancellor                                Provost and Vice-President, Academic