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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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Marwa Alkhalaf

Ridgeback Student Voices Assistant

Faculty of Science 

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Hello! My name is Marwa, I am 20 years old, and a fourth-year Integrative Neuroscience student. I dream one day of becoming a neuroscientist to further my study of the brain and dive deeper into how our nervous system behaves, develops, and functions. When I’m not studying, writing articles, or doing research in the UA basement, you can find me in the Stouffville Makerspace teaching people how to 3D print, use sewing and Cricut machines, and make other creative arts and crafts! My favourite part of Ontario Tech is the wonderful people that make it such a special place, and being a part of the Ridgeback Student Voices allows me to further connect with students and share my thoughts and feelings with them! 

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