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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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Random acts of kindness on campus

October 14, 2021

“I was in the Hive and was going to get one of those Starbucks bottled drinks and it turned out that I didn't have enough change. As I was about to put it back, the person who had just cashed out saw that I didn’t have enough and paid for me. It was the sweetest gesture ever, he told me to pay it forward and I definitely did by treating my friends to Tim’s the next time I had enough money.”

- A grateful student 

“The printers at Ontario Tech can always sense when you’re in a rush. I happened to be in a major rush one day to get to a lab and really needed to print something, but of course, none of the printers were working. Someone offered me another way to print my items using their printer credits which was so incredibly generous.” 

- A student touched by your kindness 

“I remember it was Halloween and I was in the library working away on an essay. I was super stressed because I had so many upcoming deadlines when Student Life came to the rescue with their reverse trick or treating initiative. They came by giving candy to students on Halloween and it was just the treat I needed to get through my assignment!” 

- Thanks Student Life!  

“I was walking from the library to the main entrance at 61 Charles to meet my friends. It was almost December and Christmas spirits were in the air and to my surprise, a chainmailed figure approached me. I think they were wearing a Viking or medieval helmet, but they had a sack filled with candy canes and were giving them out to passing students. I asked why and they just replied because they just wanted to give (I was referring to the outfit but I still appreciated the answer). I still remember telling my friends excitedly that there was a Viking giving out candy canes.” 

- One of many students who received a candy cane 

“My first time at OTU, I was attending an open house tour with my friend. We didn’t know how to get around the campus, but a student ambassador was kind enough to give us a personal tour. Because of her, we got to see the school in a lens we otherwise would have never known.”

- A current student 

“My first day I got lost and asked a passing student for directions to the J Building and he pulled out a map of campus and a pen and drew me the instructions to get there from our location."

- A thankful student

“Someone taught me how to use the printer during first year because he saw me struggle.”

- Thank you! 

“I lost my student ID on my commute home and someone who lived in the area found it, reached out to me on social media, and dropped my ID off at my mailbox!”

- I will never forget your kindness! 

I was standing in line for Tim Hortons as my turn came. I placed my order and was about to pay. Suddenly a friendly face appeared and tapped their card before I could and said, “It’s on me.”

-There’s always something positive in the air in UA, thank you!