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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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Presidential Renewal

The university’s Board of Governors has decided to pursue a presidential renewal process. The board’s decision to pursue renewal rests in its confidence in Dr. Steven Murphy’s leadership in his first term. Consistent with past practice, the board will consult with the community regarding the strategic direction of the university. This feedback, gathered through a transparent process, will inform the board’s decision and provide direction for the next presidential mandate. The board intends to consider the community feedback and make a decision regarding renewal and the direction for a second presidential mandate, if any, at its meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Also consistent with past practice, the board has appointed a Presidential Renewal Advisory Committee, composed of board members including a teaching staff governor, an administrative staff governor and a student governor, to gather and consider feedback from the community. The committee members will attend consultations to hear the community’s perspectives on areas for continued or increased strategic focus in the next presidential term.

Internal and external feedback will be collected through a variety of ways to give everyone an opportunity to be heard. Please visit the Ways to Participate section of this website for more information.