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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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Hollywood Movie Magic & Military PR

From the global box-office success of Iron Man to the more recent hit Captain Marvel, it’s clear that the US military plays a starring role in much popular entertainment. But is this a new phenomenon? Or have Uncle Sam and Hollywood been allies for a long time?

This event was held on June 18, 2020.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tanner Mirrlees is an Associate Professor of Communications and Digital Media Studies in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University. He is the author of numerous books including Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press). Dr. Mirrlees’ research on Hollywood war films is featured in a three-part CBC IDEAs documentary Myths on Screen: Hollywood at War, and he also appears in the forthcoming documentary film, Theatres of Command.


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