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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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Switching from Writer to Reader

Whew! I revised my writing. Am I done yet?

No. Now it is time to shift from writer mode to reader mode. Read the paper as if you were reading someone else's work and critique it:

  • What is good about the paper?

  • What can be made better?

  • What can be changed to make the paper more concise?

Repeat this process until you have a draft that you are happy with. Professional writers will revise multiple times, not just once or twice.

Ah, the final draft

Let your draft rest for a day or two after your revisions. This will give you time to move away from the project and give your thoughts time to settle. Distancing yourself from your work is never a bad thing. When you return to your draft, write down your purpose and audience. Ask the following questions:

  • Do I clearly state a main point throughout the writing?

  • Are the paragraphs arranged in a logical order?

  • Do each of my paragraphs link to the others and to my main point?

  • Will anyone even be interested in reading what I have written?

  • Does my conclusion logically flow from my body paragraphs?

  • Have I met my purpose for the intended audience?