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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

September Start-Up: Wellness Toolkit

September can be a busy time of year, as we return from relaxing Summer days to the start of a new semester.  Changes in our day can feel stressful as we settle into our new routines and your Healthy Workplace Committee wants to support you with the below September Start-Up: Wellness Toolkit.

New for September

Wellness Wednesdays

Campus Coffee Break is now Wellness Wednesdays!  Drop-in to these virtual sessions, to connect with colleagues, pick-up a wellness tip/resource, and be entered into a random draw for a prize.  Prizes will be distributed at every session, so don’t miss out!  Visit the Wellness Wednesdays webpage for dates and the Google Meet link to join.


Your well-being is important.  Visit the Ergonomics Program webpage to take preventative action, ensuring your workstation is set-up to meet your needs.  Complete the workplace self-assessment tool or review newly added resources: eOfficeERGO Module and Home Ergonomics 101 video.



Person walking with a mind full of thoughts and a dog walking beside them with a mindful approach where they are only thinking about the outdoor environment around them.Is your mind full or are you mindful? Incorporate mindful meeting starters into your upcoming huddles, meetings, and presentations or try the self-care practices.

Reminder: Complete the on-demand Applying Mindfulness at Work eModule course by September 30, 2023, and receive a micro-credential (in addition to the completion certificate).

Here’s what your colleagues are saying:

“This course helps you take care of yourself in order to be successful, productive, and happy. By doing so, you also can become a support system for others to do the same and encourage them as well.”

“The most helpful part of the course was the introduction of new practices and the explanation on how they specifically can enhance focus and presence at work.”

 “Great program with a good catalog of Mindful Practices for work.”

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

telus-health-formerly-lifeworks.jpegLifeWorks, Ontario Tech’s Employee Family Assistance Program provider, is now a part of TELUS Health and will be referred to as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  There is no impact to services or resources and you and your family continue to have the same access.

Mandatory Training

A reminder to complete your Mandatory Employee Training within the first four weeks of hire.  Have questions?  Review our Mandatory Training Tip Sheet for details about modules available in Canvas or email

Workshops & Training:

Visit the Events, Initiatives and Training page for full details on training or click the dates below to register:

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The annual Health, Safety and Wellness Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2023 (11am-1pm) in UA Atrium.  Stop by to visit various vendors and enter draws for great prizes!  Stay tuned for other events happening during October’s Healthy Workplace Month!

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