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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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Joshua Sankarlal

Digital Community Assistant

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Hey there! My name is Josh and I’m currently in my fourth year of Game Development at Ontario Tech. My time here has moved by quickly and has helped me discover so much about myself. On-campus, I’m the President of the Game Development Students Association, a group dedicated to improving the lives of students in our program and interested in game development and as the VP of Information Technology on BITSoc, I hope to represent all Bachelor of IT students. Outside of school, you can find me reading a lot of leadership theory and practice books or whatever obscure topic has caught my interest that month. I may be trying to brush up on my photography skills. In the summer you can find me at my home away from home in Muskoka, where a summer camp I’ve worked at for years is located. Now, as a Digital Community Assistant, I hope to reach even more students and write content that helps you out, makes you laugh, or brings our community just a little closer together. 


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