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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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Gifts in honour of President Tim McTiernan to the Bobbie McTiernan Bursary

Since 2011, President Tim McTiernan has provided outstanding dedication and leadership to the students, staff and faculty of Ontario Tech University. 

The Bobbie McTiernan Bursary

President McTiernan established the Bobbie McTiernan Bursary in 2012, as a tribute to his mother. It provides two annual awards of $1,200, for students who demonstrate financial need and have a permanent disability.

About Bobbie McTiernan

Bobbie McTiernanBobbie McTiernan (née Packham) was born in Battle, Sussex, in 1923. She served as an intercept operator in Royal Signals, Auxiliary Territorial Services from 1942-1945. She was stationed at Beaumanor and Kedleston Hall and is listed on the Roll of Honour ‎at Bletchley Park. In the late 1940s, unusual for an English woman at the time, she met and married an Irish man. More unusual, she moved with him to Ireland in 1950 to start a business and a family. She raised three sons and took over the family business after the sudden death of her husband in 1970. Passionate about the importance of education, she was a lifelong learner. She was also a lifelong contributor to the support of children in need. Never afraid to voice her opinions (fact-based and alt-fact), her funeral in 2014 highlighted how wide and diversified her network of friends and acquaintances was, drawn from her various interests and volunteer activities as a longtime resident of Kilkenny.