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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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Ways to Earn Free Money

August 11, 2023

Free. Money. Two words that make head turns, hearts race, and mouths water. As university students, tuition fees and living expenses often leave our pockets empty and our budgets tighter. So, without further ado, here are some creative student-friendly avenues that might help alleviate your financial burdens and help you focus on what matters most: making the most out of your academic journey.

Online paid surveys

Yes, you heard it right. Filling out online surveys through apps can help you make some extra cash on the side. The idea is that each survey is worth several points based on the time it takes to fill it out and the number of questions it contains. Rewards are based on the number of points that the user accumulates. They may choose to bank them for higher reward levels or redeem them based on the selection of rewards. Cash-outs can be done by selecting a gift card or through PayPal.

Here are my favorite online paid surveys websites:

LEO - Online Paid Surveys - Give your Opinion!

Survey Junkie


Research studies

We all get those emails from time to time, asking for research participants in a study on campus. Well, I am here to tell you that participating in these research studies is a win-win for everyone. Not only would you help a researcher collect data for their project, but you would also be compensated for your time, either by receiving bonus marks in a course related to the research, or by a gift card of your choice. See? It’s a win-win!

Check out Research Opportunities | Age-Friendly University for any upcoming research opportunities at Onatrio Tech, and keep an eye on your inbox for more ;)

Selling old textbooks

Got this old textbook for that course you aced a few semesters back? The best way to make use of it is to sell it to other students who may lack the financial resources to purchase a new one. This helps both you and your customer and saves you the hassle of stacking all those used textbooks on the shelf.

Cashback and Rewards apps

Almost every franchise has its own rewards system. Take Tims Rewards - Tim Hortons for example. Scanning the QR code on the app every time you make a purchase will help you collect points and get free items.

Cashback apps are also a great saving option. Apps like Checkout 51 and PC Optimum can help you get some cash back from your recent purchases and gain points to redeem in the future.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a university student, you are eligible to receive numerous scholarships and bursaries. Student Life Network and Yconic are just two examples of the many websites that list numerous scholarships throughout the year for students to apply for. You may be asked to write an essay or submit a video, but it will all be worth it once you get that email stating your eligibility to receive the scholarship!

So there you have it folks, all the best ways you can make extra cash on the side with minimum effort. However, I think it is important to note that the above methods do not, and should not, replace a stable income earned from a part-time job for instance.