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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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National Wildlife Week

April 12, 2023

National Wildlife Week is an important event in Canada that celebrates the country's incredible biodiversity and raises awareness about the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats

Outdoor enthusiasts interested in getting involved can do so by protecting wildlife habitats; planting gardens for pollinators and wildlife; building box nests and cleaning up garbage; so, wildlife do not get tangled up in our trash. Down below you read more about what national wildlife week is, what animals are in danger and what you can do!

What is National Wildlife Week?

National Wildlife Week is an annual event organized by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The event aims to promote the conservation of wildlife and their habitats by raising awareness about the importance of preserving Canada's biodiversity. The week-long celebration features a range of activities and events that educate Canadians about the various species that call our country home and the ways we can help protect them. National Wildlife Week was established in 1947 to encourage Canadians to learn more about wildlife and the places they call home. To explore safely nearby nature and to do simple projects that will benefit our wildlife.  The week was originally recognized on the birthday, April 10, of the late Jack Miner, who was one of the first conservationists to determine the migratory paths of North American bird species.  He was also recognized for helping to save the Canadian Goose from the threat of extinction. This year, National Wildlife Week takes place from April 10-16 and offers a chance for Canadians to learn more about the animals that call our country home and the ways we can help protect them.

What animals need saving?

National Wildlife Week is a time to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and habitat protection. While Canada is home to a vast array of wildlife, many species are facing threats that are endangering their survival. Down below are some of the animals that need saving.

  • Polar Bear
  • Beluga
  • Bowhead Whale
  • Caribou
  • Giant Panda
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • North Atlantic Right Whale
  • Narwhal
  • Snow Leopard
  • Southern Resident Killer Whale
  • Tiger

These are just a few of the many species of wildlife that are facing threats in Canada. To protect them, we must act by supporting conservation efforts,

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What can we do?

There are many things Canadians can do during National Wildlife Week to help protect wildlife and their habitats. Some of these include:

  • Take the time to educate yourself about the various wildlife species that inhabit your area. Discover more about the habitats and behaviour of animals by visiting nearby parks and wildlife reserves.
  • Join a local conservation organization and volunteer: Many conservation organizations rely on volunteers to aid in their monitoring, restoration, and research efforts. If you want to help safeguard animals in your neighbourhood, think about offering your time and talents.
  • Make modifications to your regular routine that can lessen your influence on the environment to lessen it. Using public transit, conserving electricity, and promoting environmentally friendly goods are a few examples of how to do this.
  • Animal advocacy: Contact your political representatives and ask them to support conservation efforts on behalf of animals and the habitats in which they live.

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