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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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Delon Omrow

Speaker: Delon Omrow - Postdoctoral Fellow, Ontario Tech University

Presentation: “Into the Metaverse: Tuvalu and Climate Change”

Bio: Dr. Delon Alain Omrow is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ontario Tech University.  He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminology from York University and the University of Toronto, respectively.  Dr. Omrow worked with Conservation International Guyana, overseeing the establishment of the country’s first community-owned conservation area and is the author of A History of Discursive Violence: constructing the Amerindian ‘other’. He teaches in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University, exploring what he refers to as racialized ecologies, the androcentric-anthropocentric symbiosis of trauma, and the way the lived experiences of the disempowered and marginalized are articulated through contemporary environmental discourse.  In addition, he has written for numerous publications, including The European Journal of Research and Reflection in Arts and Humanities and The International Journal of Academic Research and Reflection.