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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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Victoria Ginsley

Attendee: Victoria Ginsley

Bio: Victoria Ginsley completed her undergraduate degree and her master's degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. She is currently completing her PhD in Criminology and Social Justice under the supervision of Dr. Carla Cesaroni and Dr. Barbara Perry. For her master's research, Victoria surveyed undergrad students on their perceptions of the trans community. For her PhD, she will continue her research by interviewing members of the trans community about their interactions with the justice system. She has also done research on bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism, and de-stigmatizing the kink community. Victoria hopes to one day be a professor and teach courses on gender and sexuality.