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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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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!

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

Checklist for success in the first six weeks:

  • Attend MyStart: First Six Weeks sessions.

  • 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.