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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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How to Make A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

April 17, 2023

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds are essential in fertilizing plants and supporting the ecosystem. Unfortunately, many pollinators are now endangered species. Follow these tips to make your garden pollinator friendly and help these critical species.

Add pollinator-friendly plants

Add plants that attract bees, butterflies, and birds, including butterfly bush, milkweed, bee balm, asters, etc. Try to aim for plants that are native to your specific area. Include various plants, including wildflowers, bushes, shrubs, trees, etc. Also, group plants in your garden rather than spacing them out.

Avoid using harsh chemicals and pesticides

Instead of using strong chemicals, pesticides, or weed killers, use more natural alternatives. For example, try using organic pesticides or homemade options such as dish soap spray, oil spray, garlic repellent, hot pepper repellent, etc. Try adding plants that are naturally pest repelling and try weeding manually instead.

Add supportive structures

Add various structures in your garden that will support pollinators. These include flat stones, perches, bird baths, hummingbird feeders, etc. These structures will give the pollinators a place to rest, drink, and feed on your plants.

Add compost

Adding compost to your garden is also a great way to encourage soil moisture and plant growth. It is also a great and environmentally friendly way to eliminate food scraps. Also, avoid removing the leaf litter and natural debris, as this can benefit many pollinating species.

Reduce outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting at night can pose a hazard to nocturnal pollinators and prevent proper navigation, reproduction, and their ability to find food. Aim for less lighting near your garden area, and turn off outdoor lighting when not in use at night.