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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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It’s back-to-school time at UOIT

University offering wide range of transition supports for new students

Polonsky Commons, UOIT north Oshawa location.
Polonsky Commons, UOIT north Oshawa location.

First classes are still several weeks away, but incoming first-year students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are being encouraged to get a head-start on preparing for university life.

UOIT’s Office of Student Life offers a variety of programs to help make the transition to post-secondary education a smooth one.

“Back-to-school starts now and we want to ensure our students take advantage of the great services we have in place to help everyone get a great start on the exciting years in front of them,” said Lindsey Ostrosser, Program Manager, Orientation and Transition, UOIT Student Experience Centre. “Regardless of how good a student you are or where you’ve been educated, university is different from high school. Our programs lay the groundwork for success throughout your years at UOIT.”

UOIT’s university-transition services during the summer are aimed at all new student entrants.

“First-year students do best when they have a chance to prepare for the transition to university,” said Ostrosser. “UOIT’s iBegin program and our pre-university boot camps are ideal preparation in advance of September startup.”

The iBegin program in late July is the first part of orientation to UOIT and paves the way for academic and personal success. New students meet fellow classmates, faculty and staff, and learn strategies for making the most of university lectures. iBegin is complemented by a Parent and Family Orientation, which provides information on how they can best support students as they begin and progress through their university career.

Also available to new students is a mix of pre-university good-start programs: mathematics, science and writing boot camps along with pre-calculus review workshops.

Students affected by the recent high school strike in some parts of the province may find the programs to be especially useful. As many as 400 of the university’s incoming class of 2,600 lost several weeks of class time before the end of the 2014-2015 high school year.

“UOIT has offered these programs for many years and there is no extra cost – they are part of every first-year student’s investment in their university education,” said Ostrosser. “You don’t have to have been in a shortened school year to benefit from our programs and services, but if you were – as many students were in Durham, Peel and Sudbury – then we’re here to help.”

Many students have already registered, but there is room for lots more.

  • For more information go to and look for the iBegin banner on the home page.

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Bryan Oliver
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Ontario Tech University
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