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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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Sarah Haiyaat

Ridgeback Student Voices Assistant 

Faculty of Social Science & Humanities

Hi there, my name is Sarah! I am a fourth-year Criminology and Justice major with a Criminal Justice specialization and a minor in 
Forensic Psychology. Through my academic journey, I have gained a wealth of knowledge I enjoy sharing through my articles. My writing often draws from my experiences, such as my time throughout university, dealing with graduation anxiety, my study habits, my experience as a working student, and being in a long-distance relationship, etc.!

As a writer, my main objective is to provide advice and pointers to people going through a similar situation or looking for assistance throughout their university years. One of the key objectives of the Ridgeback Student Voices is to help others feel less isolated, more supported, and connected, and by sharing my own personal experiences, I can do just that!

Aside from my academic pursuits, I am passionate about learning about different cultures, holidays, and religions. I believe in acceptance and enjoy writing about various topics because it allows me to broaden my knowledge and understanding of the world around me. So, whether you want to learn how to navigate university life or learn about a new and exciting topic, I'm here to share my experiences and insights with you! I hope my articles provide helpful information and a sense of comfort and enjoyment.

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