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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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University promotes recycling awareness on campus in February

This month the university’s Blue Team is hosting educational booths focused on the theme of recycling.
This month the university’s Blue Team is hosting educational booths focused on the theme of recycling.

Reducing, reusing and recycling take the spotlight on campus in February as the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS) hosts a number of educational activities on campus designed to raise awareness about sustainable living practices.

“The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is committed to developing programs and policies that minimize resource and material demands on campus,” says Nadia Harduar, Asset and Sustainability Planner, OCIS. “Part of that commitment involves sharing knowledge within and outside our campus community to promote eco-literacy so we can adopt effective strategies that reduce the volume of waste generated and sent to the landfill.”

Robert Young, fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student and member of the university's Blue Team.
Robert Young, fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student and member of the university's Blue Team.

Educational booths

The university’s Blue Team (a group of university students, faculty and staff focused on creating a culture of sustainability on and off campus) will set up booths at various locations across campus, where you can participate in recycle-themed events, answer trivia questions and win some great prizes.

Next booth:

  • Wednesday, February 27 from noon to 2 p.m. – Business and Information Technology Building, Atrium

Caught Green-Handed

Throughout the month, the Blue Team will also watch for people engaging in sustainable acts, such as using travel mugs or filling up reusable water bottles. Individuals ‘caught green-handed’ will receive a shout-out on social media.

Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

This is the campus community’s chance to recognize sustainability-related initiatives on campus and support eco-friendly habits. Snap a photo of yourself, a friend or co-worker engaging in a sustainability-related initiative, and share it on social media using the tags @uoitgogreen, and #gogreenstayblue to showcase your discovery.

These activities are inspired by Recycle-Mania, a friendly competition that encourages students, faculty and staff from post-secondary institutions across Canada and the U.S. to track and promote waste reduction activities on their respective campuses.

Interested in joining the university’s Blue Team or want to learn more? Contact 905.721.8668 ext. 6246 or sustainability@uoit.ca.