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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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Recovery College

Recovery College

Ontario Tech has partnered with the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences since 2020 to bring the Recovery College model of student-driven mental health support to our students. Recovery College courses are co-designed and co-facilitated by Ontario Tech students.  These courses provide education about mental health and wellness and empower students to discover or rediscover connection, passion, hope and meaning.

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Wellness through words: Book club

Wednesdays from January 31 to February 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. | Online

Are you tired of reading scholarly articles, research proposals, and 1000-page reports? Are you ready to read for pleasure again? Our Book Club is a fun and creative space that allows students to read intriguing books that are carefully curated by Ontario Tech students. Through activities and discussions, we will revitalize our interest in reading for pleasure. 

What will we learn?

In this group, we will read Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson. This book brings readers along Jenny’s mental and physical health journey, offering both heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

In this five-week series, we will connect with each other by exploring the book’s themes, and by talking about how reading can help us to achieve our wellness goals. 

You can attend a single session or the whole series! There is no pressure to read the book you will still be able to engage in the discussions.

Weekly Topics: 
  • Week one: Compassion and patience: Exploring compassion and patience and reflecting on our personal experiences with these concepts.

  • Week two: How mental health and physical health intertwine: Understanding the interconnectedness of mental and physical health, effects of lifestyle decisions on well-being and encouraging self-care practices.

  • Week three: Navigating change: Normalizing and coping with change and how to work through times of resiliency. 

  • Week four: Balancing different relationships when struggling with mental health: Understanding how mental health affects relationships, identifying emotional needs in relationships and communicating our emotional needs.

  • Week five: Working towards healing with implementing self-care: Exploring self-care strategies and working towards a path to healing when struggling with mental health.

Students can register for individual weeks, or the entire five-week course. 

How can I access the book?

If it’s not a book you already own or would like to purchase, here are a few places to access the book for free:

From surviving to thriving:  Self development skills for students

Wednesdays from March 6 to April 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. | Shawenjigewining Hall, Room 360

Do you ever feel like you're getting by, but not necessarily thriving? Are you looking to improve your skills in self-care and time management and to create new habits? This course might be for you! Within this course you will learn new skills that can help you to thrive throughout your university experience. This is a workshop format delivered through semi-structured curriculum, guided discussions and activities. 

What will we learn?
  • How to balance and prioritize the various areas of our lives to avoid burnout.

  • How to create helpful habits, to manage finances, to embrace self-care, and to manage your precious time.

  • Life skills that are relevant and useful to you in your specific circumstances, whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student. 
Weekly Topics:

Week one: Self-care: Understanding the importance of carving out time for ourselves. 

Week two: Time management: Practical ways to manage your time effectively. 

Week three: Cultivating healthy habits: Developing habits that serve our wellness.  

Week four: Financial literacy: Making the most of your student budget. 

Week five: Creating a wellness toolkit: Bringing all of our skills together.

Students can register for individual weeks, or the entire five-week course.