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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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You’re changing, and that’s a good sign

November 15, 2023

See things with a new lens

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your phone gallery, looking at the memories captured across various shots? Ever ponder your decisions and how the person holding the phone would reconsider taking a similar approach? 

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Words are powerful; learn to use them effectively

When you’re having a conversation with a friend, you can sense it is quickly escalating into an argument. Do you pause to consider whether it is worth risking your friendship over winning an argument? 

Be the shoulder someone can lean on

When you’re on the bus and see your go-to seat vacant, do you ever stop to look around at the older adult struggling to stand and provide the seat? 


Do you ever turn off your phone and put it away because you know your future self will be very stressed if you continue to procrastinate on your school work? 


Discipline yourself

Do you ever get up early and fight the urge to press the snooze button so you can pack the lunch you want instead of buying it later, take a shower, beat the traffic and get your workout in? 

Set your boundaries

Do you find yourself saying no to things you previously agreed to? Whether that’s an opportunity to go out and party with your friends when you’re exhausted or taking up an extra task your boss requested you to do. 

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If you answered yes to any of these scenarios, you are changing, which is a good sign. 

It is essential to learn to listen to yourself, know your limits, and do what you believe is right. When you help yourself, you will be able to help others; when you help others, you allow yourself as a byproduct because of how good you feel. 

There is nothing wrong with change! It’s an adventure to rediscover yourself, learn to do, and be better.