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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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2019 Mindfulness Challenge event at Ontario Tech a success

Ontario Tech University's Healthy Workplace Committee thanks everyone who participated in the 2019 Mindfulness Challenge on November 9. In addition, many thanks to Wendy Stanyon, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, creator of the university’s Mindsight program, as well as Angie Wood, Fitness Co-ordinator and Healthy Workplace Committee member.

This year's theme was 'Clear Mind - Open Heart,' selected by Mindfulness Challenge lead teacher Susan Woods. Mindful activities conducted throughout the four-hour mediation practice included:

  • mindful meditation
  • gentle yoga
  • mindful eating
  • mindful movement

This year’s participants contributed more than $1,300 to the grand total of $131,132 that was raised across several communities. These fund help to support initiative in the community which brings mindfulness and resilience to communities in need.

Participants provided very positive feedback and enjoyed sharing this event with colleagues and community members. The vision is to continue to grow this annual event and host larger groups each year.

This was the second time for Oshawa and the university to be a satellite practice centre live streaming from the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto. Other participating cities included Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener, Ontario.

“If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.”
- Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and author