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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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Adam Rodrigues

Attendee: Adam Rodrigues

Bio: Adam Rodrigues completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts at York University, where he studied Criminology. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech, with hopes of further progressing to gain his Ph.D. Adam is interested in researching both green and corporate crimes. Adam is currently working to develop an international database centred on environmental crimes and the policies surrounding them. His thesis work is focused on the state-corporate harms in chemical valley and the linkages between the neoliberal state of the political economy and Canada’s colonial history.