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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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Student Leadership Showcase: Nadia Zarei

November 20, 2018

student leadership showcase nadiaNadia Zarei, Third-year Forensic Psychology and Criminology double-major

Nadia was selected as a Peer Leader of the Month for October 2018.

How did you get involved with the Peer Leader program?

“I wanted to get involved on campus, so I started as an Ambassador, and then my Peer Leader, I became friends with her, and I wanted to do what she did. I wanted to do September Orientation, that was my main goal [...], honestly. And to help students transition into their university because I had a great experience with mine that I wanted to help others with theirs.”

Do you have a favourite study snack?

“Chicken nuggets! No, that’s just my favourite food in general. I will eat them any time of the day. I think candy, like sour candy. Sour worms and everything like that.”

What do you like to do to de-stress?

“Sleep is one. I enjoy listening to music; I watch Netflix a lot. I think the extracurriculars that I’m involved in help a lot with de-stressing at school. So, I think just getting involved and getting out more and talking to people helps a lot.”

What advice would you give to your first-year self?

“University is going to hit you… no, I’m just kidding. University is going to be tough, but you got this. There’s resources; there’s people here to help. And get involved- that one is most important. It’ll make your university worth the however many thousands you pay. Getting involved is a great aspect of university.”

What would you say to anyone wanting to get involved?

“Do it! I know in my first year I was nervous to do all these things, but honestly, at the end of the day, you get a degree; but, it’s the memories you make in university that makes it the university experience that you want. So I say go for it. Even if it’s nerve-racking, go to a peer leader, they’ll help you and take you to your events. Just go for it.”