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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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Ontario Tech is committed to advancing its strategic priorities in combination with financially responsible budgeting practices. In these challenging financial times, our focus is clear: we must prioritize enrolment growth, explore alternative revenue streams and find cost efficiencies. However, reliance on enrolment growth alone adds a layer of volatility to the planning process as even a minor 3 per cent deviation below the enrolment target could result in more than $1 million in lost revenues. As such, we must be resolute in our efforts to grow our enrolments.

Over the next several months we will know more about the Blue-Ribbon Panel recommendations and the response from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, as well as have a better understanding of the impact of ongoing international policy decisions on the higher education sector and our university. However, we cannot wait for decisions (or indecision) on behalf of the government to dictate our future. We are not going to sit back and wait for the unknown to happen.

We will continue to provide information so that our campus community has a deeper understanding of the issues and factors that inform our necessary, but difficult decisions within our current fiscally constrained environment. We welcome your feedback through participation in the budget information session or by emailing the Budget Working Group at