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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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Subject-Verb Agreement

The main idea (subject) in a sentence dictates the form of the verb (action or link) that supports it. If you are writing in the present tense, then the verb must be in the present tense. If the subject is singular (or plural), then the verb must be singular (or plural).

  • Incorrect: There is too many things going on to concentrate.
  • Correct: There are too many things going on to concentrate.
  • Correct: Too many things are happening for me to concentrate.
  • Incorrect: Mark’s baseball team were very talented.
  • Correct: Mark’s baseball team was very talented.


Words that represent a group of people, such as “team,” are treated as singular nouns. Although there are many people on a team, there is only one team; therefore, the noun is singular.

  • Incorrect: Students is studying for their mid terms
  • Correct: The students are studying for their mid-term exams.
  • Correct: The student is studying for her mid-term exam.