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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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Earth Week 2020

April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day celebrations, but we should celebrate Earth Day everyday.

Support the fight towards protecting our Earth; here are some activities and tips for you to follow, not only this week but over the 52 weeks in the year. We may be apart but we are all still connected!

Earth Week events

  • Meatless Monday

    UNSDG Goals

    UNSDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger UNSDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Textile Tuesday
    • Get out your sewing kit, needle and thread! Create your own repair café at home; patch your favourite jeans, fix your torn shirt or sew on missing buttons from your sweater. If you have gently used clothing items, contact your local charity to schedule a safe drop donation
    • Did you know: North Americans send over 10 million tonnes of clothing to landfill each year, 95% of which could be recycled or reused?
      (Source: WRW Canada https://wrwcanada.com/en/get-involved/resources/textiles-themed-resources/textiles-waste-facts)

    UNSDG Goals

    UNSDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production UNSDG Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Wellness Wednesday (50th Anniversary of Earth Day)

    Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Planet!

    • Participate in a mindfulness activity (e.g. yoga, meditation)
    • Connect to nature; start seedlings inside, plant a garden bed or start container gardening if you have limited space 
    • Plant fruit, vegetables or flowers at home with your family
    • Tune in to messages, performances and calls to action from a variety of activists and celebrities, like Earth Day Goes digital: Watch live
    • Read about Earth Day actions you can take at https://www.earthday.org/take-action-now/
    • Join an Ontario Tech Mindfulness session from the comfort of your home!

    UNSDG Goals

    UNSDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being UNSDG Goal 13: Climate Action
  • Trashless Thursday

    UNSDG Goals

    UNSDG Goal 14: Life Below Water UNSDG Goal 15: Life on Land
  • Food Waste Friday
    • Planning your meals can help you shop strategically to reduce food waste. 
    • Don’t forget to follow your municipality’s composting and recycling guidelines to reduce waste going to landfill
    • While at home you may want to create your own compost pile. You can collect coffee and tea grounds to add to your gardens or collect fruit and vegetable scraps along with yard waste into a tumbler (depending on where you live, you may be limited to what you collect to avoid unwanted critters) 

    UNSDG Goals

    UNSDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Five sustainable practices at home

  1. Wear a sweater

    Reduce your heating bills by warming yourself up instead of your whole home!

  2. Practice a mindfulness activity

    Try yoga or meditation – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Planet!

  3. Don't run the tap

    Be mindful of water usage; every little bit counts!

  4. Make natural cleaning products

    Safe and effective alternatives to your favourite cleaning products can be made at home!

  5. Shut off lights when not in use

    Lightbulbs use a lot of power – try to turn them off when you leave a room and use LED bulbs wherever possible!

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Our campus may be closed but we're still pumping renewable energy back into the grid with our solar panels!