About 45 students from First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada are at the University of Manitoba this week to learn and experience science in an up close and personal way. They have a variety of activities planned for the week, including a visit to the Whiteshell to view petroforms, and a trip to Peguis First Nation yesterday to learn about traditional medicine. Today, they are spending time at the Faculty of Medicine and St. Boniface Hospital Research to experience what the more non-traditional medical sciences and research involve.
Tomorrow, students will be spending the day in the Faculty of Engineering touring the antenna, structures and hydrology lab facilities, as well as engaging in conversation with engineering researchers. The day includes several hands-on activities: robotics, computer programming and building construction.
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.
For more information on the camp and activities, contact:
Janine Harasymchuk, marketing communications office, (204) 474-7300, c: (204) 799-4802
Rudy Subedar, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, (204) 794-7336