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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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Companies and personal names


Company names should be spelled out in full for the first reference—including the words company or corporation. The name can be shortened in later references. Whenever possible, suffixes such as Inc., PLC, or Ltd. should be removed.

For example: Ontario Tech University announced it has been chosen by Cameco Corporation, the world’s largest uranium producer, to create a $1.5 million Cameco Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel. New technologies resulting from this research will be shared between Ontario Tech University and Cameco.

Write out a person’s full name in the first reference. Later refer to the person by their last name. Avoid the use of courtesy titles (Mr., Mrs. and Ms., etc.) with the exception of Dr.

For example: Melissa Levy of the university’s Communications and Marketing department oversees Communications and Creative Services.

Use both first and last names together in all references to distinguish between people with the same last name.

For example: Jason Smith and Stephanie Smith both work at Ontario Tech University. Jason Smith works for the Facilities department.