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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

MyStart: First Six Weeks

We often refer to the first six weeks as one of the most important times during your transition to university. It's a crucial time for you to get acclimated to university, get comfortable in a new environment and start to establish a sense of belonging on campus. 

The MyStart: First Six Weeks program is designed to help you navigate the transition into university. Each week you will learn academic skills, meet new people, get involved on campus and find the support you need in order to achieve your version of success!

From September 5 to October 3, weekly drop-in sessions will run on Tuesdays in the Mitch Fraser Atrium (Lower Level, Shawenjigewining Hall), from 2 to 4 p.m. Each week will focus on a theme with information and activities that will help set new students up for a successful university experience.

To register for each drop-in session, select the week you're interested in joining us for:

 Orientation Week  
 Campus Life 101 
 Student Success
 Get Involved 
 Student Wellness 
 Student Development  

What you can expect:
  • Develop student success skills and knowledge 
  • Learn more about campus resources
  • Opportunity to connect with faculty Peer Leaders and university staff
  • Meet other new students 
  • Snacks and refreshments 
  • The chance to win great prizes

For each session you attend and check in for, you will receive an additional chance to win our grand first-year experience prize package

Select the weeks below to check out what else is happening around campus!

Week five: Student Wellness

Week five: Student Wellness

September 25 to October 1

Week five: Student Wellness

Truth and Reconciliation Week
Truth and Reconciliation Week education booths
  • Monday, September 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Charles Hall, Atrium

  • Wednesday, September 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Science Building, West Atrium and Shawenjigewining Hall, Atrium

  • Thursday, September 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Business and Information Technology Building, Atrium and Shawenjigewining Hall, Atrium

Sharing circle
  • Monday, September 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. | Mukwa's Den, Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 217

  • Drop in

RISE: Consent and sexual violence prevention
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Midweek library activity: Explore, discover, create
  • Wednesday, September 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. | Social Science, Humanities and Education Library, Charles Hall

  • Drop in

Let's talk sex series
Further Education Expo
  • Thursday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Science Building, Shawenjigewining Hall and Durham College, The PIT

  • Drop in

3D printing workshop
  • Thursday, September 28 from noon to 1 p.m. | North Oshawa Library, Rooms 132 and 134

  • Drop in

Interview skills and tips
Week six: Student Development

Week six: Student Development

October 2 to 8

Week six: Student Development

RISE: First Peoples intro; shifting the narrative
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  • Wednesday, October 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. | Online

  • Register

Midweek library activity: Explore, discover, create
  • Wednesday, October 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. | Social Science, Humanities and Education Library, Charles Hall

  • Drop in

Pride space
  • Wednesday, October 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m | Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 020

  • Drop in

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  • Thursday, October 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. | Online

  • Register

Upgrade your resumé and cover letter

Checklist for success in the first six weeks:

  • Attend MyStart: First Six Weeks sessions, weekly on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mitch Fraser Atrium, Shawenjigewining Hall.

  • Connect with your assigned Peer Leader

  • Explore what resources and supports are available to you on campus including Academic Advising, Peer Tutoring, counselling, etc.

  • Pay attention to all communication that is coming from the institution. Information about Orientation, peer mentoring and more will be sent out with important dates, and calls to action. 

  • Spend time on campus outside of your classes to explore your new environment.