Canada's new government supports fifth annual First Nation and Inuit National Science Camp in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick



    AMHERST, NS, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Fifty First Nation and Inuit students
from across Canada will participate in an exciting educational opportunity
through the fifth annual First Nations and Inuit National Science Camp from
August 5 to 12, 2007.
    The science camp is sponsored by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nova
Scotia's Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick, with
assistance from various businesses and agencies.
    "Canada's New Government is pleased to support this science camp. It
provides an excellent opportunity for First Nations youth to explore career
options in the field of science," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister
of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis
and Non-Status Indians. "Through this camp, we will be able to demonstrate to
students that the field of science is going to provide a significant number of
job opportunities for years to come."
    The camp represents a unique chance for First Nations and Inuit students
- between the ages of 12 and 15 - to meet and interact with each other while
participating in a variety of dynamic, exciting and educational experiences
focusing on science and technology. Students from across Canada are chosen to
attend based on criteria established by their region or territory.
    This year, the camp will begin in Halifax, then move to Fredericton and
Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick. Students will learn about Aboriginal
history and medicine, forestry, engineering, chemistry, physics, geology,
forensic science and hydroelectricity.
    "Dalhousie is really pleased to be part of this exciting initiative
because it is very much in line with our commitment to encourage and support
Aboriginal enrolment and study," said Susan Spence Wach, who is coordinating
the visit for Dalhousie and is Associate Dean of Health Systems and Policy at
Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine. "During the students' three-day visit here,
we will expose them to a broad range of science and health-related
professions, through a variety of activities intended to be as informative and
engaging as possible."
    While at the University of New Brunswick, students will be participating
in a day of tours and hands on activities hosted by Worlds UNBound and the
Faculty of Engineering. "We strive to deliver hands-on, interactive activities
that allow youth to experience first hand the applications of science,
engineering and technology in day to day life," said Bridget Fraser, Director
of Worlds UNBound. "Our mandate is to promote science, engineering and
technology to all youth regardless of nationality, affluence or gender and we
are very excited to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this
initiative."
    Students will also be able to interact with private industry
representatives who are looking to the up-and-coming Aboriginal workforce to
satisfy labour requirements in the future.

    The science camp is held in a different region each year so the host
region can showcase the science-related opportunities available in their area.
The last Science Camp was held in Whitehorse, Yukon. Federal funding in the
amount of $100,000 has been provided to support the camp.




For further information:

For further information: Patricia Ellis, Communications, Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada, Atlantic, (902) 661-6372; Charmaine Gaudet, Dalhousie
University, (902) 494-2735; Bridget Fraser, Director Worlds UNBound,
University of New Brunswick, (506) 453-4746


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