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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

Health Promotion Events and Workshops

Our variety of in-person and virtual events and workshops:

  • Aim to provide you with opportunities to learn tips and skills to improve your health and well-being.

  • Are free for all students. 

  • Connect you with other students and professionals in the field of health and wellness. 

There are many events and initiatives that will run regularly, all semester long, to keep you active and engaged. These options will be available from September to December and are a sure way to get you moving!

Check back soon for winter 2023 semester dates for the following events and workshops:

Better Together Workshops

event options - Better Together Workshops

Better Together Workshops

Ontario Tech University and Durham College are partnering to run a regular workshop series to mediate social isolation and grief among students. You'll have opportunities to connect with other students through a series of creative workshops, volunteer opportunities and informational sessions. Grounded in identity, shared interest, meaningful relationships, involvement and belongingness, the Better Together workshop series will employ action-based activities and integrate mental health education to foster social growth and resilience, and promote the wellness of students on and off-campus. Check out the upcoming events for the fall semester:

Crayons for Mental Health 

Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, G2021

Colouring is not just for kids; research has found short term benefits of colouring and practicing creativity. Colouring can help reduce stress and anxiety and can boost focus, motor skills and even improve brain function. We will explore colour psychology and learn how different colors can influence human behavior and perception while creating our own masterpieces. Join us as we colour our well-being! Supplies will be provided. 

Check back soon for winter semester dates!

Social Media and Mental Health 

While social media provides us with the opportunity to express ourselves and connect with others, it can also negatively impact our health. Join us to learn more about the positive and negative impacts of social media and for tips on how to use social media in a healthy way!

Check back soon for winter semester dates!

Nature is Healing

Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, outside 

Research has discovered that nature has therapeutic powers and can make us feel better emotionally and change our physical well-being. Spending time in nature helps reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones. Nature is neat! Join us as we spend some time outdoors in nature! This event is rain or shine; please dress accordingly.

Check back soon for winter semester dates!

Mind full vs Mindful: Mindfulness with Jamie

Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, G2021

Mindfulness – the so-called antidote to the wondering and untamed mind. It is said that not all who wonder are lost, but what about being lost in our thoughts? If we aren’t mentally present, then where are we? If you’re keen on exploring this trendy thing called mindfulness as a beginner or sage, then join wellness coach, Jamie, for an introduction to mindfulness where we will discuss and experience what all the rave is about. Find out why mindfulness can be especially helpful to post-secondary students in a busy world that constantly begs for your attention. All students are welcome!

Check back soon for winter semester dates!

Mindful Movement

North Campus Library, Dixon/Alger Fireside Reading Room

Every Wednesday in November | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious, self-conscious and critical, and/or lacking self-esteem and confidence? These days most of us experience a degree of stress in our lives due to the ever-increasing demands on us and our time. Luckily, things like mindful movement can help us manage these aspects of our life. You're invited to join Siobhan O’Connor, Registered Yoga Therapist, to practice mindful movement and become more aware of your life as it is. 

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a reusable water bottle! Yoga mats will be provided.


Nutrition Sessions

Learn more - Nutrition Sessions

Natural Mood Boosters

Join Holistic Nutritionist, Sylvia Emmorey, for a Natural Mood Boosters session to learn how what you eat—affects how you feel.

Sylvia will discuss gut health and hormones, and how they affect your brain and diet. She will be sharing information on the foods that help balance and boost your mood, decrease stress, anxiety and depression.

Check back soon for winter semester dates!

Touch of Culture Cooking Workshop

Learn More - Touch of Culture Cooking Workshop

Join Ontario Tech students for monthly interactive cooking workshops! Learn how to prepare quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy recipes from various cultures. Each workshop highlights a different dish and will teach students about global cultures through cooking. All students are welcome regardless of their skill level in the kitchen. All ingredients will be provided to students free of charge.

Check back soon for winter semester dates!

Wellness Walks

Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, Front Desk

Get moving, get grounded and get lifted! 

These one-hour walks are a free and fun opportunity that promotes physical and mental health by getting mindful walking breaks during the busy school, and workday. Come out for a walk to restore your concentration, uplift your mood, decrease your stress and be a part of your campus community. 

Check back in the new year to see the winter schedule!