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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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Lisa Edgar

Lisa EdgarLisa Edgar grew up in her First Nation community, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island (MSIFN). She has been fortunate to witness a great deal of positive change and community growth and development since starting to work for MSIFN in 1993. She has served as MSIFN’s Self-Government Officer, Lands Officer, Economic Development Officer, and most recently, as the First Nation Manager.

Previously, she worked for seven years in Ontario Hydro’s Supply and Purchasing departments. She also spent 13 years working for the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino (also within MSIFN territory) in the roles of Players Club Manager, and Public Relations and Communications Manager. She was recently appointed interim Chairperson for the MSFIN Board of Directors for the newly formed Economic Development Corporation, Nozhoo Nokiiyan Limited Partnership.

Lisa currently serves in a volunteer capacity as Vice-Chair of the MSIFN Donations Committee (formerly the Baagwating Community Association), a charitable arm of the MSIFN. She has also volunteered at many other organizations, including the John Howard Society, Community Living Durham North, Crime Stoppers (Durham Region) and United Way.

She received the Native American Casino Leadership Award in 2001, and the General Motors Business Award from Durham College (DC) in 1987.

She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trent University, as well as diplomas in Human Service Counselling and Office Administration from DC. She has also taken courses in Purchasing Management from Centennial College, and in Economic Community Development from Ryerson University.