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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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Heather Shearer, BA (Hons), DC, MSc, FCCS(C), PhD

IDRR ScientistHeather Shearer
Assistant Director, Research, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)

Associate Professor, CMCC


Dr. Heather Shearer received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from CMCC in 2004, completed the CMCC Clinical Sciences Residency Program in 2006 and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada) in 2007. Shearer was awarded her MSc in Medical Science from the University of Toronto in 2008. She has completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in 2021, with a focus on the impact of pain on physical and psychological well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy.