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Building Equity and Inclusion to Support STEM Learning in Canada

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Promoting Canada 2067 Recommendations to Deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4

(Ottawa, ON) Canadian education is among the best in the world, but we cannot be complacent. On November 27, the Canadian Commission of UNESCO and Let’s Talk Science convened diverse stakeholders for a provocative discussion about equity and inclusion as it relates to STEM learning, and measures that can be taken at all levels of elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Vice-President Public Affairs and Communications, Genome Canada and Let’s Talk Science Board Member, Rob Annan and Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan.

Implementing the recommendations of the Canada 2067 Learning Roadmap supports Canada’s commitment to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) - ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

Canada 2067 and SDG4 both aim to focus attention on: the potential of quality and inclusive education to transform lives; the need to revitalize education to focus on the types of skills most need in an increasingly complex world; and the need to motivate action by identifying ambitious targets that society should strive to meet.

“Canadian education is top tier. Maintaining our global leadership will help to ensure that all youth will be better prepared to thrive and  contribute in an ever changing, technologically enriched world,” says Bonnie Schmidt, President, Let’s Talk Science. “Canada 2067 seeks to open up the world of STEM learning to better resonate with students of all backgounds and interests, to help position them for success.”

Stakeholders reflected on the SDG’s throughout the day and asked challenging questions about how to ensure our education systems will continue to equip our children with the skills, resources and experiences that they will need for the future.

“Quality education for all throughout life is essential for Canada to remain an innovative country where everyone, women and men of all cultures, can have opportunities to thrive  in a safe and productive environment,” says Liette Vasseur, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Let’s Talk Science and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are working together to promote Canada 2067 as a way to help our country achieve its commitments to SDG4. Learn more about how Canada 2067 is contributing to Canada’s commitment to meeting SDG4.


The vision of Canada 2067 is to enable students to graduate with doors open to diverse careers, with the capacity to be active and informed citizens, and with the full range of skills needed to navigate an increasingly complex and demanding world. Canada 2067 is presented by Let’s Talk Science with with support from founding national partners 3M Canada,  Amgen Canada and the Trottier Family Foundation. For more information about Canada 2067, visit


Let’s Talk Science – a leading partner in Canadian education – is a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering Canadian youth to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever-changing world. To accomplish this, Let’s Talk Science offers a comprehensive suite of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based programs to support youth, educators and volunteers across Canada. Let’s Talk Science’s national office is located in London, Ontario. For more information about Let's Talk Science, visit


The Canadian Commission for UNESCO serves as a bridge between Canadians and the vital work of UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. By promoting UNESCO values, priorities and programs in Canada and by bringing the voices of Canadian experts to the international stage, the Commission contributes to a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future that leaves no one behind. For more information visit

Media Contacts:

Sarah Hogeveen

Communications Officer
Let’s Talk Science

1-877-474-4081 ext. 239

Angèle Cyr

Public Affairs Manager

Canadian Commission for UNESCO