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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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An unconventional outlook at the current times

July 16, 2020

Following the official announcement of a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, many measures were set in place in an attempt to slow down and limit the spread of the virus. One of the implemented measures was physical distancing, which has left many of us at home with seemingly very little to do. By viewing this as a blessing rather than a curse, we can hopefully find a more peaceful outlook at the current situation and make better use of this “pause in time” that we did not generally experience in our regular lives before SARS-CoV2 burst onto the scene. 

While there are many unknowns regarding this novel coronavirus causing worry, it might be helpful to stop and smell the roses to find some peace during this stressful time. I encourage you to look for the alternate view regarding coronavirus. 

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More time at home with loved ones

With the busy schedules of studying students and working parents, it can be difficult to spend quality time together. However, the switch to working from home and having the ability to study from home allows for more interaction with one another. 

Replacing work with wellness

With businesses temporarily closing, many people are not able to work. With this being said, it is important to note that now more than ever people take the time out of their day to go outside for a nice walk. A walk in the beautiful sunny weather with a slight breeze is a nice change of pace for our rather hectic schedules. 

The ability to communicate with others

Since we are unable to see our friends and extended family in person, it is important to note that we are lucky to have technology that enables us to speak to one another face to face. With avenues like FaceTime and Skype, we have the ability to have a degree of communication that not too long ago would have been impossible. 

An opportunity to learn new skills

This is a great opportunity to get a start on doing something you may have been interested in. Whether it's familiarizing yourself with a new language, learning new recipes, starting to work out, picking up an old hobby or learning a new one, this is a great chance to start doing any of these. 

Time to take a look into the future

With school being very frantic and stressful, it can be hard to stop and reflect on what you may want to pursue regarding your future career. This is a rather great time to conduct research about a career you have always been interested in, which institutions might be of interest to you, and how you plan on achieving your goals.

The ability to indulge in self-care

Taking care of your well-being during this time is important as it may help you achieve a better outlook on the current situation. This can be done by conducting a skincare routine, listening to a playlist of your favourite music, reading, gardening, watching YouTube videos, spending more time with your pets, getting adequate amounts of sleep, or practising religious/spiritual activities.

Of course, we are all excited to reunite with one another, but it is important that we do our part by staying safe and keeping others safe by physical distancing. Some may say time is of the essence. It may be one of the only commodities that cannot be purchased as it is limited. By being granted this pause in life, what will you be doing with your time?

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By Nora Findakly