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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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Sustainability of the Great Lakes Region - Where are we; where are we going?

The Great Lakes Region anchored most of Canada and the United States’ economy for the last 100 years. During that time, water quality, biodiversity, and much of the ecosystem suffered badly. These threats are intensified with climate change. As temperatures rise around the world we are already seeing people from around the world move into the Region as ‘climate refugees’. The Region is now being called on to grow the economy while significantly reducing environmental damage. How likely is this? What are the key drivers needed to bring about sustainability in the Region? 

Dr. Hoornweg will discuss his co-authored report, "Sustainable Great Lakes: A Regional Assessment of Sustainability in the Binational Great Lakes Megaregion”.

This event was held on November 29, 2021.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Daniel Hoornweg is the Associate Dean of and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at Ontario Tech University. His research explores issues of sustainability and natural resources, as well as climate change and adaptation. 


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