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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.

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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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Funny Student Struggles of Studying at the Library

April 27, 2022

I love studying at the local public library. Now more than ever I am tempted to go to the library because the four walls of my room are starting to emulate a prison vibe. Do you blame me though? We’ve been schooling from home for nearly 2 years now! There are however some things that bother me and leave me paranoid when visiting the local public library. I hope you can relate!

Not being able to eat food


While I respect and understand the COVID protocols surrounding no food in the library, I can’t silence my gurgling stomach. I get hungry so quickly! Perhaps it is due to overuse of brainpower, but I can’t help it, I need to reach for food.

Having to use the washroom frequently


With every sip of water, I know I am reaching another washroom visit. I feel like I use the washroom way more at the library than I would at home lol!

Being paranoid about my stuff getting stolen 

Every time I get up to go to the washroom or take a small break, I always have to pack my valuables and bring them along with me. I get so paranoid that someone is going to steal my stuff. 

Looking around to see if everyone is focused


Sometimes when I lose focus or feel like calling it quits and going home, I take a quick scan of my perimeter to see what strangers are up to. When I see them focused on their work, I tell myself I can push through as well!

Being afraid of losing my study spot

With the point above about not leaving my stuff behind, I also fear that if I were to walk away from my study spot for a bit, it will be gone forever. For this reason, I always leave a jacket or some stationary on the table!

Never leaving beverages on the desk 

I have this strange feeling that someone may mix something into my beverages if I were to leave them on the desk. You probably are wondering who thinks like that? I know, I know, my friends laugh at me too. Maybe I just watch too many crime shows, but one can never be too careful!

Asking someone to watch my stuff


Sometimes I get fed up with lugging my stuff to the washroom and back, so I'll ask someone close by to keep an eye on my stuff. I always feel scared to approach them because I don’t want to bother them but really it's just my anxiety because they're always happy to do so!