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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 university was established by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, Chapter 8, Schedule 0 (Act).  The Act sets out a bicameral form of governance structure, with the Board of Governors being responsible for governing and managing the affairs of the university and Academic Council having responsibility for making recommendations to the Board with respect to academic matters.  The university also has a Chancellor, who is the titular head of the university and confers all degrees, honorary degrees, certificates and diplomas on behalf of the university.  The President, as Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chancellor of the university, has supervision over and direction of the academic and general administration of the university.

The Office of the University Secretary and General Counsel is responsible for promoting the effective operation of the university’s bicameral form of governance.  We provide advisory and administrative support to the Board of Governors, Academic Council, and their standing and ad hoc committees.

We are committed to good governance principles and practices and working together with the Board, Academic Council, senior leadership and the broader community to continuously improve the university’s governance processes.