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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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Mental Health Events

Better Together workshop series

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, resilience and promote the wellness of students on and off campus through the Health and Wellness Centre. 

Build Your Distress Kit

Wednesday October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join our guests from Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences as they help to you to build your own distress tolerance kit using DBT distress tolerance crisis skills. DBT places emphasis on the psychosocial aspects of treatment (how a person interacts with others in different environments and relationships) and teaches behavioural skills to cope with sudden, intense surges of emotion like stress, how to regulate emotions and improve relationships with others.


Exploring & Flipping Perspectives

Wednesday October 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Are you curious as to how the same event produces a different reaction in people? Then this session is for you. Explore the power of reframing perspectives in an interactive virtual session. We will look at empowering and dis-empowering perspectives and you will get to experience what “flipping” your perspective look like.


Pumpkin Carving Challenge

Wednesday October 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a Pumpkin Carving Challenge! You will be provided with a pumpkin and carving kit 2 days prior to the event. Get as creative and festive as you'd like!