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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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Dr. Lauricella Receives the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award

April 30, 2020

Dr. Sharon Lauricella, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in Communication and Digital Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH), was presented the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award at the Celebrate Teaching Award Ceremony, held virtually on April 24, 2020.

The award recognizes excellence in mentorship and is presented to individuals who demonstrate “a passion for supporting student success, an ability to inspire personal and professional growth and an outstanding commitment to promote the values at the university.”

“Anyone familiar with Sharon's innovative work in the classroom and careful attention to our students' needs will not be surprised by her successful nomination for this award,” says Dr. Peter Stoett, Dean of FSSH. “She sets the bar high, as it should be.”

According to Dr. Lauricella, being a mentor means allowing students to be creative. “Mentorship is about caring," she says. "It means seeing what makes a student come alive. I do this by giving students the freedom to be creative and have fun in each class meeting, online activity, or course assignment. It means creating a place—in class or virtually—where students know that I am with them, supporting them and believing in their individual and collective awesomeness.”

See the full list of award recipients and nominees.