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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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Developing a Thesis Statement

Now that you have some ideas on the topic, it is a good idea to develop a research question about the written assignment. The question should be neither too broad nor too narrow and contain all the elements required in the assignment. If you compose a great research question, you should be able to answer it easily, and this answer becomes a preliminary thesis statement.

A thesis statement is a sentence that tells your reader your topic, what you think about it, and possibly how you are going to prove it.

A thesis statement should answer the questions “How”? and “Why”?  It should also pass the “So what?” test. In other words, if a reader’s first response is, “So what? Why are you telling me this?” then you need to clarify, to forge a relationship or to connect the thesis to a larger issue.

Ultimately, the thesis should be significant to the reader. A thesis must take a position that others might challenge. If you, as the writer, cannot foresee any objections to the thesis, then it is not strong enough.


For additional thesis statement support, download the What is a Thesis Statement tip sheet and Thesis Statement Worksheet tip sheet.

  • Video resources

    For more guidance developing your thesis statement, consider watching the following videos by Arizona State University + Crash Course, York University, and Lund University: