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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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Meet the Masters of Ceremonies

Three Minute Thesis

Jill Treen-Reber (Heats - March 19)Jill Treen-Reber

Jill Treen-Reber is a Program Development Specialist within the Student Engagement and Equity department. She has worked in post-secondary education for over seven years and is passionate about student success. During her free time she enjoys weightlifting and spending time outdoors with her three dogs.

Vivian Stamatopoulos, PhD (Finals - March 20)

Vivian Stamatopoulos

Vivian Stamatopoulos, PhD, is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Dr. Stamatopoulos holds a Master of Arts (Sociology) and Doctor of Philosophy from York University (Sociology). Her research interests focus on child and youth-based caregiving (i.e., Young Carers) and she is currently collaborating with a team of Canadian researchers on a SSHRC-funded study exploring youth’s transitions to adulthood in the context of caregiving. 


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