Rural, remote and Indigenous youth participate in Confederation College science outreach program

Confederation College

Recently, more than 30 Grade Eight students from Kingsway Park Public School visited Confederation College to take part in the final phase of the Indigenous Interpretive Trail Map project with Let’s Talk Science Outreach. Thanks to a three-year, $456,900 grant made by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2013, the organization has been able to provide hands-on activities for Indigenous, rural and remote youth. Also attending the event to see the work being done were Roopa Rakshit, a volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Jeff Howie, Executive Assistant to local MPP Bill Mauro.

“I am proud of our Province’s Support of Let’s Talk Science through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This funding has facilitated a wonderful partnership between Lakehead Public Schools and Confederation College which has resulted in an exciting hands-on learning experience for our youth. Not only did the participating students gain knowledge and experience in the natural science area, but at the same they were made aware of career opportunities and the postsecondary pathways required. I congratulate all of the partners involved in this venture and in particular I’d like thank the students from Kingsway Park Public School for their energy and enthusiasm.” – Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

The Indigenous Interpretive Trail Map project concludes the work that’s been done with the grant to Let’s Talk Science, a national, charitable organization. The grant enabled Let’s Talk Science to create local programs for Indigenous, rural and remote youth to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. Funds were used to help with programs to develop youth skills and build an interest in post-secondary learning opportunities. It also allowed for the hiring of a Let’s Talk Science Coordinator of Indigenous Initiatives and a local coordinator at the Confederation College Let’s Talk Science Outreach site.  The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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