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Canadore supporting remote Indigenous learners

Mentorship program encourages youth in areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math
Canadore College in North Bay

Canadore College is expanding its programming to help more Indigenous youth in remote communities explore education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).

The North Bay school's First Peoples’ Centre announced on June 10 it's received $157,800 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to support the Kikandaaswiwin Mookisin STEAM Library and Wiidokwananig waasa wenjibawad Mentorship Program.

The Ojibwe ‘Wiidokwananing waasa wenjibawad’ translates to ‘we help those from far away’ in English.

“The program engages Indigenous learners in STEAM pathways, opens mentorship opportunities and supports hands-on learning experiences for Indigenous learners and educators, particularly for those who face access to technology and connectivity challenges, and is a response to the unique needs of remote and isolated communities,” explained Tammy Cayer-Dokis, Kikandaaswiwin Mookisin's coordinator, in a news release.

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Kikandaaswiwin Mookiisin collaborates with Actua, Canada’s leading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) youth outreach network that consists of 41 universities and colleges, including Canadore.

Actua engages with more than 35,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth in more than 200 communities through school workshops and summer camp programs.

Canadore was recognized last May by Colleges and Institutes Canada for the quality of its Indigenous programming, including its efforts in STEAM fields.