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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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FSSH Alumna Working Toward Something Great

Sandra Edobor

Sandra Edobor | Class of 2017
Bachelor of Arts, Legal Studies, minor in Forensic Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities

"You're only as weak as you think you are, you're only as strong as you choose to be." Sandra says this quote reflects her UOIT experience. After doubting that "I had it in me" to make it through university, Sandra says "walking down the stage at graduation with all my friends and family to support me was the BEST feeling ever!"

Sandra's sights are set on becoming a lawyer. Meanwhile, she's enjoying her role as a Legal and Notarial Assistant at Oshawa – Whitby Notary Public, especially building special relationships with clients.

Encouraged by her parents to study in a field that would quickly secure her a job after graduation, Sandra applied to the Legal Admin/Law Clerk program at Durham College. "Ever since, I've loved everything regarding law!"

When she started the Legal Studies program at UOIT in 2014, Sandra was determined to get involved in campus life. So she took on the ambitious role of President of the African Students' Association. "Although it was very stressful, I can proudly say it was the highlight of my time at UOIT. It helped me improve my leadership, communication and organization skills."

She adds, "I'm grateful to UOIT for giving students the opportunity to create clubs and societies because, alongside my academics, they have greatly contributed to my success."

Sandra will be going back to university at some point as she moves closer to her goal of becoming a lawyer. But first she wants to gain more work experience. She's also working on projects to help communities in the GTA and Nigeria. Sandra forecasts: "Be on the lookout for something great!"