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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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A Big Blue Art Bus Visits Charles Hall

Dan Walters, MA
Practicum/Internship Coordinator


February 8, 2023 

Our friends at the LivingRoom Community Art Studio brought their mobile art studio to Ontario Tech University's Downtown Oshawa location—and it was a BIG hit!  As part of Ontario Tech’s Creative Wellness Hive initiative, students, faculty, staff, and community partners spent the day creating new friendships and making beautiful art in the atrium of Charles Hall, located at 61 Charles Street, Oshawa, Ontario.

LivingRoom Community Art Studio Project Manager, Alyssia Nahar, has a vested interest in Ontario Tech's downtown campus.

"As an Ontario Tech alumni of the FSSH, I can confidently say that there is a need for community and recreational/creative wellness programming for the students of the Downtown campus. After first year, a lot of students are divided by major and rarely have opportunities to intermingle throughout the remainder of their undergraduate degree. However, today was the first time in four years that I finally connected with criminology and psychology students in a meaningful and fun way. This is the spark our campus culture needs."

Alyssia graduated in 2022 from Ontario Tech University's Communication and Digital Media Studies program.

The LivingRoom’s Big Blue Art Bus is visiting Ontario Tech on the following days from 10 am to 3 pm:

  • Wednesday, January 25 - North Campus (Bell Let's Talk)
  • Tuesday, February 7th - North Campus
  • Monday, February 13th - Charles Street Campus
  • Tuesday February 21st - North Campus
  • Tuesday March 7th - North Campus
  • Tuesday, March 14th - Charles Street Campus
  • Tuesday March 21st - North Campus
  • Tuesday April 4th - North Campus

Participation is free and students are encouraged to stay for as long as they like.  The Ontario Tech Student Peer Health team will be on-deck to help support creativity and wellbeing.