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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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Michael Tlusty

Speaker: Michael Tlusty, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Presentation: “Real-time automated species-level detection for the wildlife trade and its benefits for science, policy and trade”

Bio: Dr. Michael Tlusty is an Associate Professor of Sustainability and Food Solutions at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He uses technological solutions to end the illegal wildlife trade, as well as to improve food production. He was part of the grand prize-winning team for the 2016 Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge and is currently funded to create disease sensors for aquaculture.