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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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Supervised Consumption Facilities, Safer Supply, and Decriminalization: What Lessons Can We Learn from Abroad?

Opioid-related overdose deaths have been on the rise across Canada throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Programs implemented to address this crisis have been heavily challenged during the past year as a result of COVID 19. What can be done? This talk looks at the lessons we can learn from innovative practices currently being used in Western and Northern Europe.

This event was held on November 30, 2020

Speaker bio

Steven Hayle, PhD, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. He teaches courses in criminal justice policy, youth justice, and criminal gangs. He is a member of the Policy Review Committee for the Canadian Criminal Justice Association. His latest research investigates how debates and discourse around supervised consumption facilities in the U.S. have been influenced by harm-reduction policy changes in Canada.

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