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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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UOIT photo contest promotes workplace wellness

Partial image of Category A winning entry (Physical Fitness @ UOIT), taken by Lydia Stewart-Goodison. Image shows Svetlana Novak, Graduate Professional Development Co-ordinator, Office of Graduate Studies doing a handstand inside The Cube (Conlin Road and Simcoe Street). See story link for full image.
Partial image of Category A winning entry (Physical Fitness @ UOIT), taken by Lydia Stewart-Goodison. Image shows Svetlana Novak, Graduate Professional Development Co-ordinator, Office of Graduate Studies doing a handstand inside The Cube (Conlin Road and Simcoe Street). See story link for full image.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is committed to ensuring a healthy, safe and supportive workplace.

Through the efforts of UOIT’s Healthy Workplace Committee (HWC), the university offers a variety of resources and programs that strive to support a positive work environment, foster healthy and engaged employees, and promote physical and emotional wellness.

For the second year in a row, the committee hosted the Just for the Health of It photo contest, where employees were asked to demonstrate participation in activities involving physical fitness and fun.

Participants submitted photos in three different categories:

  • Physical fitness @ UOIT
  • Family and friends
  • Individual/reflection

Prizes included UOIT gym wear, and gift cards to promote continued support for an active lifestyle. 

“After the success of our contest last summer, we decided to run this fun initiative again to promote a healthy workplace culture,” said Mary Steele, HWC Chair.

“This was our second year running the contest and we received submissions from new entrants which was great to see,” added Tanya Neretljak, photo contest lead, HWC. “The contest reflects the main objective for the committee – to engage faculty and staff.”

Other 2015 HWC initiatives included:

  • Valentine’s Random Act of Kindness Carnation-giving event
  • Self-care and nutritional workshops
  • Campus Health and Wellness Fair (held on October 22 and 23)

Mindsight certification

The HWC continues to promote the UOIT-created Mindsight program – an easy-to-use online educational community resource to reduce stigma by promoting awareness of mental illness and facilitating a greater understanding of basic strategies and resources for supporting individuals experiencing a mental health challenge. 

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