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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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An Insult Masquerading as a Compliment

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos' blog discusses how Ontario’s new congregate care visitation guidelines fail to address the needs of our most vulnerable. Published June 12, 2020.

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A Time to Heal: Finding Ourselves Through Community Compassion

Dan Walters writes, "This is a special time of year, as it usually represents an opportunity to press pause, celebrate, and reflect upon our individual and collective accomplishments. But this is 2020." Published June 8, 2020.

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FSSH Collaborating with Oshawa Library to Deliver Virtual Lecture Series

'Beyond the Walls: Virtual Discussions on the Liberal Arts' is a virtual public lecture series that gives participants the chance to engage with others through live, interactive discussions on local and global topics, guided by a short expert talk. Published June 3, 2020.

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We’re Not All Safe at Home: Pandemics, Increased Risks of Sexual Violence, and Trauma Work

Dr. Olga Marques, Gemma Broderick and Emma Conner explore the question, "What does it mean to be isolated at home, potentially with your abuser?" Published May 26, 2020.

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FSSH Researchers Conducting Study Exploring Everyday Practices Before, During and After COVID-19

Are you living in Canada and 18 years of age or older? You are invited to participate in a study conducted through Ontario Tech University. Published May 21, 2020.

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FSSH Researchers Recruiting Student Participants for Study on Online Hookup Culture

Ontario Tech University invites minority (racialized) women to participate in interviews about online hookup culture. Published May 20, 2020.

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What Happened to Residents' Rights? How Blanket Family Bans Violate Ontario's Long-Term Care Homes Act

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos writes, "It has been nearly two months since Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMHO), Dr. David Williams, issued a memo advising long-term care (LTC) homes to ban non-essential visitors, with family members curiously lumped into this categorization." Published May 11, 2020.

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Not Just a Visitor: It's Time to Allow Essential Family Caregivers Back Into Long-Term Care Homes

Dr. Vivian Stamatopoulos writes, "Banning family from LTC facilities may have been a well-intentioned response to uncertainty during an early pandemic phase but it needs to end, and it needs to end now." Published May 5, 2020.

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Dr. Lauricella Receives the Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award

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 Ontario Tech's Tim McTiernan Student Mentorship Award. Published April 30, 2020.

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