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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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Capitalization

Writers will sometimes capitalize words that do not need capitalization. You should capitalize words at the beginning of the sentence and proper nouns (names of people and places). If a noun is part of a proper name, then it should be capitalized. Otherwise, use lower case (i.e. small letters).

  • Incorrect: I went to the Baseball field to play with friends.
  • Correct: I went to the baseball field to play with my friends Mark and Aisha.
  • Incorrect: I will use the Attachment Theory to explain deviant behaviour.
  • Correct: I will use attachment theory to explain deviant behaviour.
    [Attachment theory is a term not a title]
  • Incorrect: I am studying Canadian History in the Department of History at the University in Kingston.
  • Correct: I am studying Canadian history in the Department of History at the university in Kingston.
  • Correct: I am studying Canadian history in the history department at Queen’s University in Kingston.