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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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Maazia Ahmed

Hello everyone! My name is Maazia and I’m a third-year student in the Nursing program. I am an Ambassador, Peer Leader, mentor, and author for the Ridgeback Student Voices here at Ontario Tech. In my spare time, I like to paint and create other works of art utilizing various mediums. 

I love sharing my thoughts and experiences through written pieces, as so much can be conveyed through an article, story, or even a poem. I wish to use this platform as a safe and creative space to inspire others to chase their dreams and reach their goals. 

I hope to share more of my personal experiences and tips through my articles as a way to connect with everyone in academia. Join me on my journey through university, academics, daily life, and much more!