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Hosting next generation of scientists: Manitoba First Nations Science Fair comes to campus Mar. 8-9

March 4, 2016 — 

Manitoba First Nations Science Fair Poster 2016Nearly 500 Grade 4 to 12 students will be in the Max Bell Centre on March 8 and 9 as part of the 14th Annual Manitoba First Nations Science Fair.

Students from 35 Manitoba First Nations operated schools will be taking part, competing within Youth Science Canada standards for Gold, Silver, and Bronze medallions of excellence in science.

Four students between Grades 7 to 12 will go on from this event to represent the MFNSF at Canada’s national fair, the CWSF in Montreal in May.

“We are proud that this empowering event, the Manitoba First Nations Science Fair, is entering another year,” says Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director of Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre Inc., the event host. “It remains one of the fastest growing regional science fairs in Canada. Partnering with the University of Manitoba, this science fair gives an opportunity for First Nations students to showcase their knowledge and, often, initiative to create positive change.”

The Manitoba First Nations Science Fair is designed to provide extended opportunities for students of First Nations schools to become engaged, and to excel, in science.

“The University of Manitoba is a place where students’ lives are transformed through their experiences and education, a place where research innovation happens,” says Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. “It is exciting to host this next generation of scientists on our campuses and for them to share their discoveries and passion for knowledge.”

Event times

  • Tuesday, March 8, 1 – 4 p.m. – Public viewing of projects
  • Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies, all are welcome
  • Wednesday, March 9, 9 – 12 p.m. – Judging
  • Wednesday, March 9, 12 -1 p.m. – Public viewing of projects
  • Wednesday, March 9, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, all are welcome


The University of Manitoba is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of Indigenous leaders. As Manitoba’s research university, we are dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, becoming a centre of excellence for this work. The U of M engages with First Nations, Métis and Inuit K-12 students to better support academic success, building a more prosperous and fulfilling future through post-secondary studies for Indigenous families, communities, Manitoba and the rest of Canada. In all our activities, the University acknowledges the need to work respectfully and collaboratively in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.


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