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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

Self-care: What is it?

October 10, 2020

According to the World Health Organization, self-care is “is the ability of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider”. 

The 7 Pillars of Self-Care

The website selfcare.ca promotes 7 pillars of self-care:

  1. Health Literacy
  2. Self Awareness
  3. Physical Activity
  4. Healthy Eating
  5. Risk Avoidance
  6. Good Hygiene
  7. Optimal Use of Products and Services

What does self-care look like for you?

Self-care looks like different things to different people. For some, it might be going for a walk or doing a quick workout between classes. However, self-care is not always glamorous. Sometimes, self-care is doing the things that we’ve been putting off for too long. This could be finally getting around to the laundry that’s been piling up or making the doctor’s appointment that you’ve been meaning to make for months. 

How do you take care of yourself?

What are some of the ways that you practice self-care? Feel free to share in the comments of @otstudentlife's Instagram post. Remember that you are your #1 priority! Take care of yourself! 

Read more about the importance of self-care as a university student.

By Keisha Deoraj