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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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Guest speaker presentations

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Presentation title

Pierre Côté, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation,
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director,
UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation 

The Invisible Epidemic in Our Universities:Why Mental Health Needs our Full Attention

Paul McGary
Director, Mental Health and Addictions, Lakeridge Health

Big White Wall: Ontario Demonstration
Research Project

Melanie Stuckey, PhD
Research Department, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

Physical Activity at Ontario Shores

Michael Williams-Bell, PhD
Professor, School of Health and Community Services, 
Durham College and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health 
Sciences, UOIT

Health Technology in the Fire Services

Tara Zupancic
Director, Habitus Research

The Nature of our Communities:
Growing Health from the Ground Up

We will continue to add presentations to this page as we receive them; check back for updates.