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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

Wild Goose Chase

It's not Orientation without a few university traditions! The Wild Goose Chase is an annual tradition where faculties work together to earn points by competing in a wide variety of activities. Each year after an epic battle, one faculty gets crowned the Great Goose Award

This year's Wild Goose Chase is made up of seven activities. The Faculty that accumulates the highest total points during the course of the seven events will be this year’s winner. The Great Goose Award will go to the winning faculty. in addition to bragging rights, Stanley can be proudly displayed for the year by the winning faculty. 

This year's winner of the Wild Goose Chase is...

Faculty of Science

View each of the faculty's Wild Goose Chase submissions for The Flight Song activity:

Consent Matters

Attend one of the showings of the Consent Matters Play on Wednesday, September 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. or from 5 to 7 p.m. and complete the Google Form to earn points towards the Wild Goose Chase. *Form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2.

Submit the form

Digital Scavenger Hunt

Search through the Digital Community website for Stanley the Goose. When you find a goose, click on it to reveal a letter! Find all the letters and unscramble them to determine the code word and submit the word to earn your faculty points towards the Great Goose Award.

Submit the word

Photo Like Contest

At 10 a.m. on September 3, Ontario Tech Student Life will be posting a photo of each faculty on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Every like = points towards the Great Goose Award.

Follow us on social media

#RidgebackPride Photo Submission

Fly the flag with the Ridgebacks! Submit your photo of your Ridgeback flag us to earn your faculty points. BONUS: Share your photo and tag us @ot_ridgebacks and @otstudentlife on Instagram for a chance to win an Ontario Tech prize pack!

Submit your photo

Ridgeback Rumble Dance Competition

Join the Ontario Tech Dance Team for a dance tutorial on Wednesday, September 2 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and then submit your dance video to earn points for your faculty towards the Great Goose Award. If you missed the tutorial, you can watch the dance (regular speed) or tutorial (slower version) on YouTube.

Submit your video

The Flight Song

Collaborate with your Peer Leader Group during Wild Goose Chase Event #1 on Wednesday, September 2 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. to create and perform a song that celebrates the University, its history, and what it means to you. The song must be under two minutes and include the terms "first-year" "Ontario Tech" and "community".

Submit your group's song


Work with your Peer Leader group to complete the Ontario Tech Trivia Challenge during Wild Goose Chase Event #2 on Thursday, September 3 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Your Peer Leader will be sent a Google Form link that your team must complete together. All forms will be graded with points contributing to the overall tally per faculty.

*Your Peer Leader must submit your group's answers by 4:30 p.m. on September 3.