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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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A letter to Ontario Tech University

April 1, 2024

Four years ago, I made a brave yet daunting decision to attend university in a small town far away from home. I didn’t know what was ahead, but I knew this tight-knit environment might be right for me. 

Looking back at it all now, Ontario Tech University was my best decision ever. 

In these halls, I’ve laughed, cried, and had the time of my life. 

From standing in line at the UA Tims listening to the sounds of the staff yelling, “I can help who's next”, to sitting on the comfy cushions in SHA while catching up with friends, Ontario Tech University slowly but surely started to steal my heart. 

Perhaps it was the kind professors who recognized, acknowledged and stopped by to speak with me in class or the funniest sanitary staff who always had a joke to crack as we rode up the elevators to PASS.

Maybe it was the beautiful sunset views or the lovely folks part of the digital community crew. 

Maybe it was the goals this school pushed me to pursue. 

Maybe it was the smiles I received as our student community grew. 

Maybe it was the beautiful green grass that covered Polonsky Commons.

Maybe it was the way everyone called me Aman [pronounced Auh-Men]. 

Maybe it was the egg drop competition held during orientation. 

Maybe it was the back-to-back evaluations. 

Maybe it was my love for physics. 

Maybe it was the bioethics critics.

Maybe it was the super cool lab facilities. 

Maybe it was all the possibilities. 

Maybe it was the mentors who held my hand. 

This may be what life planned. 

As I look at this school, from SHA to UA to UB to the library, I can’t help but smile. My mind is filled with such beautiful memories that I will cherish forever. My heart is filled with gratitude for all this school offered to me. I can do all these things by working hard and contributing to society. 

Thank you, Ontario Tech University, thank you for all of it. 

The friends, the experiences, the possibilities.