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FNUniv recognized for science camps

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Compiled by Shari Narine







The First Nations University of Canada has been recognized nationally by Actua with the “Making Friends with Science” award. FNUniv’s Health and Science Camp was singled out by Actua, a national charitable organisation that is focused on engaging youth who are typically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For the past 16 years, FNUniv has hosted a Health and Science Camp, where nearly 500 children have benefited from a hands-on introduction to the sciences and learning about a variety of career choices in the fields of health and science, post-secondary education, and First Nations and Métis culture. “We developed our programming and outreach in direct response to the under representation of First Nations and Métis people in health and science related fields,” said Dr. Lynn Wells, FNUniv vice-president, academic, in a news release. Wells said that focus also extended to university programs such as the Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Health and Science, where an Indigenous-based perspective on health and science is promoted with the cooperation of Elders who serve as teachers of traditional ways.