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First Nations and Inuit youth on campus for National Summer Science Camp

August 7, 2015 — 

Around 50 students from First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada are at the University of Manitoba during the week of August 10-18, 2015, to learn and experience science in an up close and personal way.

There are a variety of activities planned for the week, including a visit to the petroforms at Whiteshell Provincial Park and a trip to Peguis First Nation to learn about traditional medicine and wilderness survival. Activities at the U of M campus include the Opening Ceremonies on August 10 at Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge; a day focused on microbiology with hands-on workshops, August 12; a tour of the College of Medicine and a visit to St. Boniface Hospital Research, to learn about Western medicine, August 14.

On August 15, students will visit the Faculty of Engineering to learn from engineering researchers, and to take part in several electronics workshops including robotics and computer programming.

The National Summer Science Camp is funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada through its First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES), which helps youth gain work experience, get career information, develop skills and ultimately find employment. The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is coordinating this year’s camp in Winnipeg.


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