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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

2021 Mindfulness Across Campus

Your Healthy Workplace Committee (HWC) invites you to participate in concurrent Mindfulness Across Campus sessions with your colleagues.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Founder and former Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, helped bring the practice of mindfulness meditation into mainstream health care. Mindfulness is not a religion—anyone, with any belief system, can enjoy its benefits, many of which are based in research.

Benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness can improve:
  • Well-being: By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
  • Physical health: If greater well-being isn’t enough of an incentive, scientists have discovered mindfulness techniques can help improve physical health in a number of ways. For example, mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and improve sleep.
  • Mental health: In recent years, mindfulness meditation has become an important element in the treatment of a number of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and substance use.

Mindfulness drop-in sessions will be facilitated across campus. Sessions will run on the day, time and locations listed below for all faculty and staff:




Monday, Feb 1, 2021 to April 5, 2021 from 11:00 to 11:45 am (10 weeks)

Google Meet - Online

  • Krista Elliott, Manager, Student Learning, Student Learning Centre

  • Lindsay Smith, Academic Skills Co-ordinator, Student Learning Centre

Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 to April 8, 2021 from 2:00 to 2:45 pm (10 weeks)

*No session will be available on Thursday March 25, 2021

Google Meet - Online

  • Krista Elliott, Manager, Student Learning, Student Learning Centre

  • Lindsay Smith, Academic Skills Co-ordinator, Student Learning Centre

Faculty and staff are welcome to drop in to any session(s). You may wish to bring your own yoga mat/cushion and water.

Friendly reminders:

  • Find a quiet room to meditate
  • Find a seating position that works for you (you can sit on a chair with back straight and feet flat on the floor, lay down flat on the floor or sit in kneeling position with a cushion under your bottom)
  • Close your Outlook as the notification sounds and emails can be distracting
  • Put your phone away and on silent mode.

 Sessions will run February 1, 2021 through April 8, 2021 (10 weeks).