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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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Positive mental health challenge week

October 5, 2020

 Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place during the first full week of October every year. It's a week that is dedicated for mental health advocates and organizations to promote community outreach and provide education around a variety of different mental illnesses. In addition, it's an opportunity to further provide resources and support to those who need it. 

This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week will be extremely important. 2020 has definitely been a crazy year. COVID-19 has created new challenges for people everywhere. A lot of people have been struggling with their mental health this year. Statistics show that 52% of Canadians indicated new or worse mental illness since the start of the pandemic. The global pandemic has brought about financial, social, and health issues that all contribute to poorer mental health.

In light of Mental Illness Awareness Week, I wanted to share some self-care tips that might encourage others to partake in self-care. I think it would be a cool idea to do a “Positive mental health challenge week” to participate in Mental Illness Awareness Week. Personally, this week I’m going to try and complete each of these challenges. I’m also going to go visit my dog and take him for a 5km walk to practice self-care!

Here are some ideas for a successful self-care week:

Monday - Zzzz

Go to sleep 30 minutes earlier than normal. 

Tuesday - Move

Go for a 30-minute walk.

Wednesday - Treat ya Self 

Buy yourself an ice cream or a special treat.

Thursday - Pamper yourself 

Take a bath, light some candles, do a DIY face mask.

Friday - Break Time 

Turn your phone off, and do some colouring. 

Saturday - Get Social 

Schedule a video call with an old friend.

Feel free to switch things around or substitute different activities for some of your favourite self-care routines. It's extremely important to take care of yourself, especially in challenging situations. So why not partake in Mental Illness Awareness Week by participating in simple challenges like this?

If you are interested in learning more about the different mental health supports offered at Ontario Tech, check out Student Life’s Student Mental Health Services.