Let’s Talk Science Outreach welcomes First Nations University of Canada as 48th Outreach site

Connie River

Let’s Talk Science Outreach welcomes the First Nations University of Canada as the 48 post-secondary site across Canada.

“First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan is excited to begin its science outreach partnership with Let’s Talk Science”, said Dr. Vincent Ziffle, faculty advisor for Let’s Talk Science Outreach at First Nations University Canada. “First Nations University of Canada is a leader in Indigenous education and we are grateful to have the opportunity to take part in Let’s Talk Science’s impactful STEM programming in Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories and beyond. We will maintain strong relationships with First Nations Elders to better understand Indigenous Science, experiential learning and important oral traditions.”

The partnership with First Nations University of Canada creates an opportunity to work with Indigenous students, communities and education centres throughout Saskatchewan combining Indigenous Knowledge and STEM for the benefit of primary and secondary students within Regina and in surrounding communities. Let’s Talk Science Outreach sites are encouraged to undertake outreach projects with Indigenous youth, with a focus on youth impact, community collaboration, training for volunteers, and sustainability of the relationship with the community.

 “Let’s Talk Science is committed to equal access of our programs for all children and youth in Canada,” comments Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science. “We welcome the opportunity to work together to offer meaningful and respectful programs, and look forward to offering Let’s Talk Science Outreach with the First Nations University of Canada.”

In 2016-2017 school year Let’s Talk Science Outreach engaged over 286,000 youth and educators from coast to coast to coast in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences. Outreach opportunities are made possible thanks to the support of companies like Bayer Canada who recently partnered with Let’s Talk Science through a $150,000 donation.

“Population growth, demographic changes and erratic climates are creating urgent need for new innovations and technologies in nutrition and health. It is paramount that our youth develop a desire to pursue STEM careers,” added Derrick Rozdeba, VP of Communications and PGA at Bayer. “We see great value in the work that Let’s Talk Science is doing to inspire Canadian youth and we are pleased to lend our support.”

 Bayer’s global purpose is to advance ‘science for a better life.’ Through its partnership with Let’s Talk Science, the company is making an impact by helping advance and support STEM education with youth across Canada.

Visit our Let’s Talk Science Outreach website for more information or to see if there is a Let’s Talk Science Outreach site near you.