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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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The importance of voting in the Federal Election

October 18, 2019

As the youth of today, the importance of voting comes a long way. People who do not vote even though they have the right to vote are honestly living under a rock. Would you not like your say in your future and your present? Many people are quick to complain when a certain government cuts funding or does something that inconveniences us. But I believe that you don’t hold the right to complain if you didn’t vote for change.

While I was going through my social media one day, I came across a non-partisan group based in Toronto, named Future Majority. Their main focus is to get the youth vote out as youth make up the largest voting bloc in decades. The politicians do not have a reason not to listen to us unless we give them a reason (which would be if we do not vote). 

I decided to bring Future Majority to Ontario Tech University through the Student Union’s Clubs and Societies. Now, along with 3 others, we have been officially ratified on campus. Our main goal right now is to make sure to get the vote out from our university. 

Advance poll days are over but your next option is ELECTION DAY on October 21, 2019! Polls are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This election is my first time voting, and I personally opted to vote in the advance polls. It was honestly a super easy and hassle-free process. 

Here are some things you should take with you when you go to vote on October 21: 

  1. Coffee/food (there might be lines if it’s a busy time) 
  2. Any photo identification card (i.e. driving license) 
  3. Voter’s card (which you receive in the mail if you're registered to vote) 

Did you forget to register in advance? That’s completely fine, make sure to have two photo ID cards. Not sure what else you need to prepare? Check out Sneha’s article to see if you’re election ready. If you’re looking to get more involved in politics, you can also visit Future Majority to sign up for more election updates or email our Ontario Tech chapter to get involved in the new campus club. 

Make sure to take advantage of this right that you have and make yourself heard by voting. Grab a friend and head to your nearest polling station on October 21!