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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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Changes that I’ve made in my lifestyle to be more eco-friendly

April 20, 2022

Here are some things that my family has been doing that have helped our lifestyles become more eco-friendly.

Tip #1 plastic water bottles be gone 


Every time the recycling went out our plastics container was always embarrassingly overflowing with plastic water bottles. It’s not that we weren’t noticing it, it was just that we didn’t have a water filtering system at home to drink water from so we resorted to plastic water bottles. We got a Brita and it was the best purchase ever. Now, our recycling isn’t overflowing which means we’re contributing less waste, and we’re saving money by not having to buy bottled water! 

Tip #2 reusable grocery bags 


I know you’re probably like… well duh. But, my secret tip that has made reusable grocery bags so handy is that if I’m wearing a jacket, I’ll put a reusable bag in my pocket and leave it there. So if I ever happen to forget to bring one, or run to the store spontaneously, as long as I have my jacket I’ll also have an extra bag for backup! 

Tip #3 use metal straws 


Again, this is not a new tip but I just happened to buy a pack of metal straws to keep at home in case I ever felt like using them. I got them in the checkout line at Marshalls (that’s always how they get you to buy extra things!). But in this case, just by having them available, my brother (who used to love plastic straws) switched to using the metal ones which makes me so happy!  

I hope this gives you some ideas to make more sustainable and eco-friendly purchases in your life!