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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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In memory of Samia Abdel Malik

Samia Abdel Malik attended Ontario Tech University and was part of the first graduating class academic year 2003 – 2004. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree, Faculty of Education. This photo was taken at her convocation, June 2004, with then university President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gary Polonsky.Samia and G Polonsky

She was a lifelong learner and dedicated educator with the Durham Catholic District School Board.  Samia believed that education opens the door to future opportunity and success.  Samia led by example and her children followed in her footsteps, Mariam earning her nursing degree and Bishoy an engineering degree, all graduates of our university.

 The Abdel Malik family have chosen to honour her memory by creating this award.

The Samia Abdel Malik Memorial Award will be awarded to a mature student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, Faculty of Education, Engineering or Computer Science who has financial need and is in good academic standing.

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