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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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Digital Life Institute


The Digital Life Institute is an official research entity at Ontario Tech University. It examines the human and social dimensions of current and projected digital technologies. The Digital Life Institute will be a hub for critical analysis and will build upon the work of scholars interested in the social implications of disruptive technological advancement. It will position the social and ethical analysis of technology at the forefront of Ontario Tech University’s role as a leader advancing the strategic research mandate of “technology with a conscience” within the context of national and international research spheres. Its founding partners include University of Minnesota, Shizuoka University, and Temple University. 

Contact information:
Isabel Pedersen, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture
Director of Digital Life Institute
Director of Decimal: Digital Culture and Media Lab
College Member, The Royal Society of Canada
Ontario Tech University

isabel.pedersen@ontariotechu.ca