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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Forensic Science Research

Forensic Science research in the Faculty of Science is conducted by the Forensic Entomology Group.

Under the direction of Hélène LeBlanc, PhD, the Forensic Entomology group covers areas concerning entomology and vertebrate decomposition including: 

  • Carrion insect succession
  • Chemical ecology
  • Exploring new ways to improve the determination of post-mortem interval (PMI)
  • Insect electrophysiology
  • Insect growth studies
  • Vertebrate decomposition
The combination of these areas of research come together to help discover which chemical compounds attract insects to a decomposing body by not only isolating attractants but also detecting any repellents, in order to better understand the behaviour of insects on a decomposing body and help determine a more accurate PMI.