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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. Hannah Scott

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Hannah Scott, PhD is a Professor and founding faculty member at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech). She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology from McMaster University and her master's degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph. Her Sociology doctorate is from the University of Alberta and her specializations include victimology, evaluation, statistics, homicide studies, serial and mass murder, and, more recently, Canadian Drug Courts. Prior to arriving at the university as an Associate Professor, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis. She has worked in the United States and Canada on several inter-agency initiatives including the Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiatives (SACSI) project in the U.S. and a project funded by the National Homeless Initiative (NHI), which focused on the Region of Durham. She was the Founding Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Survey Research (CESR) at Ontario Tech University and served as Director for four years. She has also served the Faculty Association since 2007 in various capacities. See Dr. Scott's researcher profile for more information.

Headshot of Toba BryantDr. Toba Bryant

Faculty of Health Sciences

Toba Bryant, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University. She is the author of An Introduction to Health Policy and co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care. She is also the editor of the journal Women’s Health and Urban Life and author of several journal articles and book chapters including recent publications in Health Policy, Social Theory and Health, and the Canadian Journal of Public Policy. Her research interests centre on the areas of health and social policy, social determinants of health, and urban health.​ See Dr. Bryant's researcher profile for more information.

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Dr. Scott Aquanno

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

See Dr. Aquanno's researcher profile for more information.