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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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Ways to stay socially active while keeping the distance

May 28, 2020

It has honestly felt like forever since all this started. It’s wild to think that staying home, staying in, and binge-watching every possible show is the new normal. I mean, I enjoy staying home, but something about being told to do it makes it sound a lot less fun. For me, I think the hardest part of it all is not being able to physically see my friends. Physical distancing can be isolating and both physically and mentally hard. Humans are built to interact with people, so it is important to keep in touch or to check in with the people you care about.

Thanks to the wonderful internet, here are some FUN ways to virtually hangout out with friends!

Standard deck of cards

http://playingcards.io/game/standard-deck

The possibilities are endless with just a deck of cards. You can play games such as crazy eights, kings in the corner, blackjack, etc. Just as long as someone in the group can explain to the group how to play.

Communal puzzles

https://jigsawpuzzles.io

There are only two types of people in the world, people who enjoy doing puzzles, or people who think it’s the most boring game to play. I personally have loved doing puzzles for as long as I can remember, but if you’re like me, who’s mom has completely thrown out all the old puzzles in the house, then you’re in luck with this virtual puzzle website. You can also have friends join in on the same puzzle you are completing.

Host a trivia night on Kahoot

https://kahoot.com

For this idea, you can designate one person to host the game and have them create the questions on Kahoot. You can choose categories from shows, sports, history, or even make it personal and add questions about each of your friends! I tried this a while ago, and I learned so many new things about my friends.

Doodle 

https://skribbl.io

This game is your chance to show your inner Picasso, unless you’re like me who can’t draw to save my life. It’s kind of like Pictionary!

Bunch 

https://bunch.live

This app is a group video chat app that has a bunch of games for you and your friends to play. Games like Flappy Bird, Trivia Crack, Uno, Mario Kart, etc. You need to download this game on the Appstore or Google Store but the fun is worth it.

Netflix Party

https://www.netflixparty.com

Who doesn’t love a movie night with friends? Instead of binge-watching your favourite shows by yourself, you can do it with friends. You can chat and watch at the same time. This is really helpful for me because I am that annoying friend that will ask you 101 questions about what is happening. 

Cards Against Humanity

http://playingcards.io/game/remote-insensitivity

Last but not least, this card game is always fun to play because it has the craziest possibilities of cards. Anywhere from being politically incorrect to slightly offensive jokes, but it is all for a good time. 

Here’s a picture of me and my friends having our usual game night!

Picture of laptop with a video call on one side of the screen and a virtual card game on the other side.

I think we can all say it together “I MISS MY FRIENDS”, but after going through a few of those suggestions, I hope it might help make social distancing a little less boring! 

By Jade Santos