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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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Annual Futures Forum

Our annual President’s Futures Forum supports and builds on our work by synthesizing an institutional perspective and voice on current and future public-policy matters that relate to our academic, research and innovation activities as well as our sustainability as an institution. 

Linked directly to the strategic research and training priorities outlined in our Strategic Research Plan, our most recent event in 2019 focussed on the Future of Tech with a Conscience. Past topics include the Future of Advanced ManufacturingSmart CommunitiesCommunity Mental Health and Wellness, and Energy and the Environment.

Focused on augmenting and informing ongoing academic, innovation, external relations, administrative and institutional work rather than displacing it, the forum looked for opportunities to:

  • Identify, explore and share the university’s perspective on current and emerging public policy issues related to our status as an institution, and our fields of academic and research expertise and leadership.
  • Constructively voice an opinion on public-policy perspectives, where appropriate.
  • Work with regional and other partners to identify areas where we can effectively support the advancement of Ontario, Durham Region and Northumberland County.
  • Incorporate our ongoing work into institutional strategic planning, including informing and supporting university initiatives that relate to, contribute to, or are affected by public policy.