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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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Winners of the 2019 Just for the Health of It Photo Contest

In support of its commitment to a healthy workplace, the university's Healthy Workplace Committee held its sixth-annual Just for the Health of it Photo Contest this summer to promote physical fitness, activity and fun! This year’s theme was Water and connecting with our environment—whether it was in our own backyard (e.g. at our local conservation areas) or overseas (e.g. being mindful of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources). Faculty and staff were invited to submit photos of themselves taking part in any physical activity, together with a caption about how their photo submission was connected to our water and environment.

Prizes included university-branded merchandise to support further activity and reflection.

Congratulations to all our winners and honourable mentions featured below:


1st - “Like a Duck to Water” - Mara Provincial Park - Jenny Tolevski, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

First prize: 'Like a Duck to Water' - Mara Provincial Park. Submitted by Jenny Tolevski, Executive Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences


2nd -“A serene campsite in the French River Provincial Park”– Paradise submitted by Mike Whitmarsh, Faculty of Education

Second prize: 'A serene campsite in the French River Provincial Park' – Paradise. Submitted by Mike Whitmarsh, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education.


3rd -“Gone Fishing” – a mindful moment to reflect on the power of being present, silent and in nature. The benefit of being grounded. Submitted by Kori Lichtfuss, Faculty of Health Sciences

Third prize: 'Gone Fishing' – a mindful moment to reflect on the power of being present, silent and in nature; the benefit of being grounded. Submitted by Kori Lichtfuss, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Health Sciences


Honourable mentions

Category A: Physical Fitness at OntarioTech UniversityCategory A: Physical Fitness at OntarioTech University


Category B: Family and FriendsCategory B: Family and friends


Category C: Individual/reflectionCategory C: Individual/reflection


Category D: mental well-beingCategory D: Mental well-being