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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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Joseph Gurgis

Assistant Teaching Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

U5 Building - Room U5-20
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2961

Research topics

  • Safeguarding in Sport
  • Coach Education
  • Indigenous Coaching

Research and Expertise

  • Education

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cape Breton University
    PhD Exercise Sciences, University of Toronto
    MSc Exercise Sciences, University of Toronto
    BPHE, University of Toronto

  • Courses Taught
    • Sociocultural Perspectives
    • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
    • Foundations in Kinesiology
    • Health and Indigenous People in Canada
    • Kinesiology Capstone
  • Publications
    For a comprehensive list of publications, visit ResearchGate.
  • Research Collaborators

    Bettina Callary, Cape Breton University
    Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto
    Ashley Stirling, University of Toronto