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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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Things to do during lockdown (again)

January 19, 2022

Lockdown is hard. You can’t go out anywhere, you can’t visit anyone and you have a lot of time on your hands. But this doesn’t mean you can’t do fun things. Here are some activities you can do to keep busy:

Play an old game

Pull out the game console from when you were younger and play some games. If you haven’t played in a long time, it will be super fun! Mario Party 7 and Pitfall were my favourites. Game cube here I come!

Re-watch old movies and shows

The nostalgia that comes with watching The Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock, Good Luck Charlie and Wizards of Waverly Place is always amazing.

Read a book

 To some, this may sound boring. But it’s a good way to stay off of technology and if you find a good book, I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down. 


You don’t need a gym for this. Look at YouTube videos for simple exercises you can do at home. You can do yoga, stretches or full-on workouts. 

Cook or bake

What better time than now to work on your skills? Cooking and baking at home has many benefits. It’s healthier and cheaper than buying out and you can make the food exactly to your liking. Learn to make great things that will blow everyone away at your next family gathering. I’ve been learning to bake baguettes! 

Reconnect with others

Catch up with people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Life is crazy busy but it’s important to keep in contact with the people who make you happy. A simple call makes a huge difference.

Learn a new skill

Watch YouTube videos or take an online course.

Look for an online job

Many companies can be hiring for things such as customer service agents. 

Write a story or song

If you enjoy writing, this one’s for you. 

Paint or draw a picture

Do you like to paint realistically? If so, look around for an object to paint. If not, find a cool image online and replicate it! I personally enjoy painting nature. 

Play board games

Snakes and Ladders, What Do You Meme?, Guess Who?, Monopoly and Scrabble are some of my favourites. 

Organize your home

Get rid of unnecessary school papers, receipts, clean out your closet so you can donate some clothes and make everything look a little neater.

I hope this list helps keep you busy during the lockdown.

By Angela Karimzad