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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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Charlie Ball Award

Portrait photo of Charlie Ball smiling at the camera.To his colleagues and friends at Ontario Tech University, Charlie was more than a security guard; he was a mainstay in many of our daily comings and goings on the Downtown Campus. He was often one of the first people we would see in the morning walking into 55 Bond and was usually there to bid us a good evening when we left. He was always ready with a quick smile, a witty comment, or a little joke. He knew many of us by our first names and asked after our families, and often went out of his way to help students, staff, and faculty navigate their day.

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities would like to continue his legacy through a bursary established in his honour. The funds raised will support an Ontario Tech University student with financial need in the upcoming academic year.

Your donation will contribute to the supportive environment for our students that Charlie helped nurture.