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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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Tips for a productive and balanced reading week

October 5, 2022

Here are some of my short and sweet tips for you to have a productive and balanced reading week:

Take a break

Take the time to reset and relax. This is super important, as your body and mind will thank you when it comes time to get back to the rush of the semester.


Do the things you have been wanting to

Catch up on your favourite shows. Have a list of places you would like to visit. Read a new novel. Make plans with friends. Do whatever makes you happy.

Use this time to reorganize

Reorganize your notes, binders, and files on your laptop. Reset and refresh your study environment. It is easier to focus and learn when things are neatly arranged.

Plan time to study for any upcoming tests or exams

Schedule time to review course contents and readings, do practice questions, prepare any questions you may have, and work on assignments. While this may seem like the last thing you want to do, it is definitely a must, as it will save you lots of time and stress in the future.

Catch up on readings

As it can be difficult to keep up with readings, utilize this time to take a look at them.

Tip: Take short notes while you read. Be sure to include things like the main ideas/ concepts, definitions, examples, etc. This way, if you want to refresh your memory on the chapter/ article, all you have to do is refer back to your notes.

Get ahead

If you are not behind, why not get ahead? Do some extra readings or work ahead on assignments. Try to do things that will help you later on in the semester.

Set goals for the rest of the semester

Reflect on how the semester has been so far and set goals for the remainder of the semester. Continue strategies and methods that have been working well and alter/ make changes to the ones that aren’t. Don’t be afraid to try something new!


Enjoy your reading week!