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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 23: March 25, 2021

Update on the university’s Fall return-to-campus plans

Dear students,

I am sending you this message as a followup to the email you received in February about the university’s return-to-campus plans for the 2021-2022 academic year.

At this time, our plans focus on our Fall startup, with the majority of our courses scheduled on campus. This includes small- to medium-sized classes (including tutorials and graduate seminars) as well as experiential-learning activities (e.g. labs).

Larger lectures will likely still have to be held online. A detailed course list will be posted on MyCampus before the end of April.

Recognizing that some students may continue to face health or travel restrictions that prevent them from attending in-person classes, we expect to provide options for remote and online learning where possible. This approach will ensure:

  • We meet the needs of as many members of our university community as much as possible.
  • Flexibility if we experience a subsequent wave of COVID-19.

We remain optimistic that we will return to campus this fall; however, we will adjust these plans accordingly, based on measures put in place by the Province of Ontario and public-health guidelines. As such, we will set a Fall campus schedule first, with the Winter schedule at a later date. This will help to ensure faculty, staff and students can properly plan and prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Thank you again for your continued patience. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we look forward to learning with you in person this fall.

Be well and stay healthy.


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