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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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Laeba Haider

Ridgeback Student Voices Assistant

Faculty of Health Sciences

 Laeba Haider author pictureHi! My name is Laeba—pronounced as Lie-ba. Most people spell it as Laiba, but my dad made a mistake while naming me... anyways! I am a second-year Medical Laboratory Sciences student, which means that when I pass my certification exam, I will be taking your blood and testing it in the lab. Fun fact: my two other sisters studied Medical Laboratory at Ontario Tech, so if you're wondering why I chose this program, that's pretty much why. During my free time, I like to practice my henna for my business, watch anime, paint, and spend time with my family and friends. I love being a Ridgeback Student Voices author because I love talking and giving advice—just ask my friends. My favourite part of writing articles here is that I can be totally honest and write about anything I want, so anytime you read one of my articles, just know that it's coming from my heart! :)

Posts by Laeba

Best Halal Eats Within Walking Distance of Campus

Get ready to bless your taste buds and satisfy your cravings with my ultimate guide to the best halal food spots near our campus. And the best part? These are all within walking distance from North campus, which means save on gas and get those legs moving!
July 7, 2023

My Top 5 Must-Watch Anime of All Time

Looking to spice up your summer with a new obsession? Forget the beach, the real heat is in the world of anime! And I'm not talking about just any anime, but the best of the best. From heartwarming classics to thrilling new releases, I've got you covered.
June 13, 2023

Unique Things To Do This Summer

Are you bored of the same old activities this summer? Let me give you activities you probably haven't done before for a more exciting summer!
July 26, 2023

Shopping Online: My Money Saving Tips

Unlock the secrets to saving money while indulging in your love for online shopping! Join me as I reveal the top insider tips.
July 18, 2023

Study Secrets For Success

Want to know the best ways to study? Read this article to get tips and techniques for the best grades!
August 8, 2023

How to Email Your Professor and TA

Need some help on where and how to email your professors/TAs? This article shows you the etiquette and methods to email effectively!
August 8, 2023

How to Make Friends in Your First Year At University

Going to university can be scary but friends make it so much better. Scared about that too? Read my best tips on how to make long-lasting friends.
August 24, 2023

My Top 3 Tips for Achieving a 4.0+ GPA in Your First Year of University

Are you ready to tackle your first year of university and achieve academic excellence?
October 12, 2023

Why I Think You Should Start A Small Business

Are you a student who needs some extra cash? Try a small business! Here’s a list of reasons why you should start one!
October 17, 2023

Things To Do This Fall In Durham Region

Wondering how to make the most of this amazing season in Durham Region? I've got you covered. From spooky fun to mazes, you can do it all right here!
October 25, 2023

Best Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

Horror movies can be a hit or miss, that's why I am here to give you the best horror movies that will actually give you the creeps.
October 27, 2023

How to Avoid Feeling Burnt Out

Feeling tired even after a full night's rest? Try these 7 different rest methods to feel rejuvenated.
November 22, 2023

Best Black Friday Deals for University Students!

Looking for Black Friday Deals can be a headache, but don't worry I got you covered with the best deals that are relevant for YOU, as a student!
November 22, 2023

Best Christmas Movies to Watch This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us… let's celebrate by binging the best Christmas movies!
December 12, 2023

Things To Do This Winter Break!

We did it! Winter break is officially here… but now what? What can you do with all this free time?
December 18, 2023

Games to Play At Your Next Game Night

Games night is the best way to spend a winter evening… but sometimes board games are costly, so I am here to give you the best games for game night without you having to spend a pretty penny!
December 20, 2023

Become an Academic Weapon this Semester

Let's start this winter semester right!
January 23, 2024

Valentine's Day on a Budget

Love is in the air my friends, but what can you do to express this love - on a budget?
February 13, 2024

Beauty On A Budget: Best Drugstore Makeup!

Who doesn't love makeup? But have you seen the price tags at Sephora? Don’t worry though because I have the best makeup products that won’t cost you much but leave you feeling beautiful.
March 8, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak! Have you ever wondered why Muslims find the month of Ramadan so important?
March 13, 2024

How to ace every one of your finals

Exam season can be so stressful and scary. Let me help you by giving tips I swear by!
April 3, 2024