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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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Appendix B: Commonly misused words

Accept: to agree to receive
Except: to exclude from

Affect: to have influence on
Effect: the result of something

Alternate: change repeatedly between two conditions
Alternative: any of two or more possibilities

Appraise: set a value on
Apprise: inform

Complement: something that completes or makes up a whole
Compliment: something said in admiration

Complementary: forming a complement; completing or complementing each other Complimentary: given free as a gift or courtesy

Continual: over and over, but with breaks-like a chronic cough that comes and goes, or rain with sunny breaks throughout the day
Continuous: without interruption

Farther: refers to physical distance
Further: used figuratively to refer to extent or degree

Fewer: of numbers
Less: of quantity

There are some exceptions―like when the numbers are considered a single unit:

The program is less than three years long.
The woman is less than five feet tall.
But use fewer than when you commonly use each numbered item as a single unit that
can be separated from the rest.
This program offers fewer options.

Its: possessive pronoun
It’s: contraction of it and is

Practice (noun)
Practise (verb)

Principal: most important (his principal demand), a leading person or chief (school principal)
Principle: a basic belief or truth

That: heads a restrictive clause. Often not required. If a sentence can stand alone, remove it.

Which: heads a descriptive clause. Note: A comma should precede which.

Their: shows a possession. For example: It is their dog.
There: shows a position. For example: The door is right over there.
They’re: is a contraction. For example: They’re happy to be here.

I.e.: id est meaning that is in Latin. Meant to provide further clarification.
E.g.: exempli gratia meaning for example in Latin. Meant to precede specific examples