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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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The Future of Community Mental Health and Wellness

The contemporary health and wellness environment reveals a convergence of an aging population, rapidly increasing burden of chronic diseases and the exponential growth of technology.

Mental health is a key component of health and wellness. Can we build a future mental health system whereby health, economic and social harms associated with mental illnesses are reduced?

Disruptive technological change and the ubiquitous nature of mental illness, coupled with its crisis status among post-secondary students, make the future of community mental health and wellness within Durham Region and across Ontario a timely and necessary topic for the university’s 2017 Futures Forum.

By bringing together professors, students and the leaders of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, the Futures Forum builds on the university’s broad base of work by synthesizing an institutional perspective and voice on current and future public-policy matters relating to the university’s academic, research and innovation activities.

keynote speakers: 

  • Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire
  • Mr. Neil Pasricha


Wednesday, May 10
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (continental breakfast and registration from 8 to 9 a.m.)


61 Charles Street Building
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
Oshawa, Ontario 


The forum will consist of four themes that will run sequentially throughout the day: 

  • Mental health of vulnerable populations.
  • Occupational health and well-being.
  • Physical activity and healthy communities.
  • Health technology and quantifying health.

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