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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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5 reasons why you should write for Ridgeback Student Voices

September 10, 2021

I never imagined joining the Ridgeback Student Voices Crew partly because I thought I was too shy and that I wouldn’t be very good at it. But, a few friends convinced me to just go for it! They thought that this would be the perfect volunteer opportunity for me and they were so right! Not only did my love for Ridgeback Student Voices grow into me becoming a returning Crew Member, but it also resulted in my Work-Study position through University Works as a Ridgeback Student Voices Assistant! Here are some reasons why I joined the team, and you should too!

The commitment is flexible


The great thing about Ridgeback Student Voices is that the commitment is flexible. What I mean by this is that there are 3 types of contributors that can write for Ridgeback Student Voices. 

Guest Writer 

Low commitment, write as many or as few articles as you’d like. 

Content Creator 

A minimum of 8 articles is required to be submitted per year so that the Content Creator designation can be added to your ‘Involvement Record’. The completion of a Content Creation workshop is also required.

Ridgeback Student Voices Crew Member 

In addition to creating content individually, Crew Members attend bi-weekly meetings to work together in planning Ridgeback Student Voices initiatives throughout the school year. The completion of a Campaign/Event Planning training and Content Creation workshop is required. 

Having the freedom to choose how much or how little you’d want to contribute is so helpful as a student!

The limit does not exist


The limit does not exist in terms of content that you can create. Anything from blogs to playlists to quizzes, and more, you can probably make it happen! 

It doesn’t require formal writing skills


The articles on Ridgeback Student Voices are not like the typical university-style essays. They are a lot more informal and can be as short or as long as you’d like!

You can write about things that are important to you


I tend to write about what’s been on my mind or about what I’ve been experiencing lately. It is truly amazing to know that I have a platform like Ridgeback Student Voices to share my thoughts and that maybe someone will read my article and it will resonate with them or help them in some way.

You will be a published author


Wouldn’t it be cool to see your name as the author of an article you were really passionate about writing? I know that I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and pride after any of my articles get published! Plus, you’ll get to share it with your friends and family so they can read it too! Check out some of our Ridgeback Student Voices Crew Member and Content Creator author pages! 

Ready to get started on your first article?

Submit an idea!