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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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Durham Community Legal Clinic engages Ontario Tech student team to develop a solution that improves access to justice

The Durham Community Legal Clinic (DCLC), a community non-profit group funded by Legal Aid Ontario, supports clients through the Durham Access to Justice Hub. DCLC’s Executive Director Omar Ha-Redeye met with Osman Hamid, Director of Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Ontario Tech’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, to explore how DCLC might be able to tap into university talent to digitize its intake process. 

Dr. Amin Ibrahim, Associate Teaching Professor in Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT), led a multidisciplinary team of students from three different Ontario Tech degree programs, including Legal Studies, Software Engineering, and Networking and Information Technology. 

In addition to saving an enormous amount of administrative time, thanks to the intake software created by the Ontario Tech team, DCLC can focus on providing front-line legal services, public legal education, and law reform activities. The system’s analytical capabilities help DCLC determine which other community partners’ services should be made available through the Hub, and the types of programs DCLC’s Centre for Financial Literacy should offer. The new intake process has allowed the team to resume full operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.