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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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This is a picture of Sheila Jennings, Academic Associate, with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University.

Sheila Jennings
PhD

Academic Associate

Legal Studies

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room NA
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5359

sheila.jennings@ontariotechu.ca


Background

Dr. Sheila Jennings earned her doctoral degree in law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her research provided a litigation-based analysis of the legal barriers that mothers with severely disabled children face while attempting to realize their rights to support. In her project she presented a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms argument as having the potential to address these barriers. Sheila was the recipient of the Mary McEwan Memorial Award for feminist scholarship for her research. In addition to teaching in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at Ontario Tech University, she is interested in harm reduction and critical drug studies and advocates publicly through a national organization for the rights of individuals impacted in the overdose crisis. In this regard she guest-lectures at universities and colleges, having spoken at the invitation of University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Mary and Philip Seeman Health Law, Ethics and Policy Series on the opioid crisis. She has previously practiced family law and mediation and has published in the area of family law, family mediation and disability.

Education

  • BA, African Studies McGill University 1987
  • LL.B. University of Windsor 1991
  • JD University of Detroit Mercy 1991
  • MA, Critical Disability Studies York University 2010
  • PhD, Osgoode Hall Law School York University 2019

Courses taught

  • Legal Research Methods
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Private Law
  • Family Law
  • Canadian Human Rights Law
  • Family Mediation
  • Advanced Topics in Legal Studies: Children's Rights