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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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Just For the Health of It Photo Contest

People, Places and Pets

To support the university’s commitment to a healthy workplace, the university’s Healthy Workplace Committee (HWC) would like to offer all employees the opportunity to acknowledge the remarkable people, cherished places, and beloved pets that have brought you joy, comfort, and/or solace.

This summer, snap some photos of the important people in your life, places or spaces where you’ve found joy, serenity and meaning, or your furry friends, and share them with us.

Submit photos related to one or more of the categories listed below, together with a caption, to for a chance to win one of three prizes and be acknowledged within the university community. 

Contest categories

Photos should capture and clearly display images that fit into one of the following categories: 

  • Category A – People
  • Category B – Places
  • Category C – Pets

Images must be accompanied by a caption identifying how the subject of the photo has supported your emotional or physical well-being. Tell us a little bit about your entry!

The HWC will announce winning photos in late September and feature a photo gallery through the university’s media outlets. First, second and third-place winners will receive gift cards as prizes.

Submission details

  • One photo submission per category, per person (three photos maximum per employee).
  • Amateur photos only (photos should clearly meet category criteria).
  • Maximum size: 10MB.
  • Use the following naming convention for each photo you submit: [category]_[last name]; e.g. A_Smith; B_Smith; C_Smith.
  • Provide a photo caption describing your photo (maximum of 100 characters).
  • Make sure to get your photos in between June 12, 2023 and September 8, 2023.

Good luck!

2023 Weekly Photo Showcase!

Keep a watch on this space as we showcase submissions as part of this photo contest! This week's chosen photo was submitted by Sam Woitzik under the 'Places' category, captioned:

"Snapped this shot at the trailhead to Ha Ling Peak, Bow Valley Wildland Park, Alberta. It instantly gives me a feeling of calm, serenity and how nature can heal one’s soul."

 More photos will be showcased weekly, so get your photos in!

Are you interested in finding out more about how People, Places and Pets help promote overall well-being?

Take a closer look into the powerful ways that People, Places and Pets contribute to enhancing your well-being. Explore the influence of connections with others, the restorative powers of natural environments, and the remarkable benefits of pet companionship. Explore these three categories and unravel the secrets to cultivating a fulfilling and balanced life.


Discover the profound impact that close connections with people can have on promoting overall well-being. In this comprehensive document, LifeWorks provides valuable insights and practical tips on how to foster meaningful relationships, cultivate a support network, and nurture emotional bonds. 


Immerse yourself in the healing power of nature. Watch this captivating video that explores the mental health benefits of spending time in natural environments. From reducing stress to enhancing mood and boosting creativity, nature has a transformative effect on our well-being. Experience the wonders of nature by watching this video.


Unleash the joy and well-being that comes with owning a pet. This enlightening video delves into the numerous ways pets positively impact out mental, emotional, and physical health. From providing companionship to reducing loneliness and stress, discover why pets are truly our faithful allies in promoting overall well-being.