This past week I attended a Sweat Lodge put on by UOIT’s Indigenous Services. My Honours Thesis is on Aboriginal women, and therefore I thought I would go and give it a try, to put an experience to the topic I was studying.
I attended with a friend of mine, and I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever partaken in. Without digging up all the little details surrounding the Sweat, I will explain how it works.
You put rocks, called Grandfathers, into a specially designed fire and allow them to heat for 2 hours while you build the lodge. It consists of a frame made from tree branches cloaked in canvas. While the stones are heating, Rick, the Sweat leader, taught us about the significance of each thing we were doing: from spreading the tobacco on trees that we used branches from to offer thanks, to the way we had to use our left hand to do things because it was closest to your heart. Once the Grandfathers are hot enough, we crawl into the lodge and place them in a pit, 7 at a time. Cedar water is then poured over them, creating incredible amounts of steam and heat, and you sweat absolute buckets. After everyone has a chance to pray either out loud or in their heads, 7 new Grandfathers are brought in and the process is repeated a total of 4 times.
Walking out of the lodge after it was finished was so freeing. I left everything inside of me in that lodge and asked for forgiveness or healing for myself and those around me. I was able to let the steam wash over me and cleanse me, so to speak. I’m not usually spiritual or religious, but this was a beautiful experience. It’s not traditional mental health counselling or westernized approaches to mental health, but it was so eye opening and freeing. I cannot wait to attend the next one on March 18th!
Lest We Forget.
By John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, we all pause as a country to remember and give thanks to the men and women who gave their life for our country. We make a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion to wear a poppy, as a symbol of respect, thanks and remembrance.
We remember our Grandparents, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, siblings and friends who answered the call of their country. We give thanks to the ones who made it back home, and mourn the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.
To those in active duty who continue to fight for Canada, and those who are present at Remembrance Day Ceremonies all across the country; from the students, faculty and staff at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology; we thank you for your sacrifice and we will remember them.
Did you know that, approximately, 1 in 4 students at UOIT transferred here from another institution? These students could have come from another university, or an advanced college program, or waited a little before going to university after high school.
If you are a Mature, Transfer, or Pathways (Bridging) student, here is some information on MTPS Meet ups to connect with other MTP students, and discuss tips to make your student life easier!
No Money No Problems: Living on the Student Budget
Tuesday October 20th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in UB 3023
Thursday October 22nd, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. @ Tutto Market Cafe, Downtown Oshawa
Thursday October 22nd, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ONLINE via Adobe Connect
Take the Lead: Discover Your Leadership Skills
Wednesday November 18th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. @ Tutto Market Cafe, Downtown Oshawa
Thursday November 19th, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in UB3023
Thursday November 19th, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ONLINE via Adobe Connect
Find Your Calm: Wellness & Balance During Exams
Tuesday December 1st, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in UB 3023
Wednesday December 2nd, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. @ Tutto Market Cafe, Downtown Oshawa
Thursday December 3rd, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ONLINE via Adobe Connect
On Monday October 5th, Mental Health Awareness will officially be underway! There will be events happening all week, at the North and Downtown campuses. Below is a list and a little information about each event, and we hope to see you there!
Students will also have the opportunity to enter to win a number of prizes, including Generals tickets, Ridgeback gear, and a UOIT gift basket!
On Friday June 12th, 2015, ten Summer Works Study students from Student Life had the opportunity to assist UOIT’s Indigenous Student Services with their building of a new Sweat Lodge.