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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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Class action: UOIT students support charitable cause

Special in-class donation of hair will help disadvantaged children

Bachelor of Education students cut hair for charity in support of Angel Hair for Kids campaign (Education Building, December 16, 2015).
Bachelor of Education students cut hair for charity in support of Angel Hair for Kids campaign (Education Building, December 16, 2015).

The Fall semester ended on a very special note for students in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Faculty of Education.

In the spirit of the holiday season, Melissa Campbell and Christelle Chartier initiated a fundraising event in recent weeks in support of Angel Hair for Kids. The foundation provides wigs and hair loss solutions to financially disadvantaged Canadian children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition or treatment.

Campbell, Chartier and classmates return to the university from their teaching practicum placements for a one-day debrief with faculty on December 16. At that time, Chartier and volunteer classmates Ariel Dookheran and Navpreet Pannu took a few moments to cut their hair to donate to this worthy cause. 

Faculty of Education students cut their hair to make a heartfelt donation to Angel Hair for Kids

"It was an incredibly rewarding moment to come together with my fellow teacher candidates and support such a deserving cause,” said Chartier. “I'm grateful to be in a program with so many good-hearted individuals who share a love of education and supporting children in need. I look forward to joining with my future teachers in the new year and continuing to find ways that we can make a difference, because one act of kindness causes a ripple effect."

“The philanthropic efforts of our Bachelor of Education students have been simply amazing," said Dr. Diana Petrarca, Assistant Professor, UOIT Faculty of Education. “In spite of an extremely heavy workload, our students have consistently gone out of their way during first semester to support several groups and needs. They certainly embody the socially responsible educational leaders our faculty endeavours to nurture.”