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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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Crime, Punishment, and Video Games: Key Current and Future Issues

This talk will explore a range of issues related to video games, crime, and criminal justice, including how games represent crime and punishment, how they serve as platforms through which old and newly emerging deviant and criminal behaviours occur and are managed, and how emerging gaming technologies and ecosystems may transform crime and deviance in the future. 

This event was held on April 26, 2021.


Speaker bio:

Steven Downing is an associate professor at Ontario Tech University. His research explores on- and offline subcultures surrounding deviant and criminal behaviours and informal social control mechanisms. He has published works in this area on issues including digital piracy, theft and violence in virtual worlds, and representations of prison-life in video games. 


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