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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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FSSH Professor Presented with International Women's Day Award

March 13, 2020

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos, Associate Teaching Professor at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, was presented with the 2020 DD Women Achiever Award at this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations on Saturday, March 7 at Toronto City Hall.

The DD Women Achiever 2020 Awards are presented to 10 women who have made a difference in our community in categories such as music, community leadership, volunteering, film, science technology, sports and politics.

Dr. Stamatopoulos awarded for her tireless efforts to be successful in academic research and education.

“Thank you so much for nominating me for this amazing honour,” said Dr. Stamatopoulos. “When I’m tired and want to give up, I tell myself I have to keep pushing and keep advocating because there are a lot of people who can’t use their voice and don’t have the abilities to fight for the supports they need, so I will keep doing what I do.”

She continued by showing support for all the women in the room, taking the time to acknowledge the barriers faced by so many.

“I’m aware that I’m not special, there’s no doubt that every woman is an achiever and you’re all dealing with so many hardships and barriers. I just want every woman in here to know that I support you, I stand by you and I share this award with all of you.”