All Stories

Indigenous Youth Explore a Future in STEM

May 18, 2018 | Canadore College

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Indigenous youth from local school boards attended a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related workshops at Canadore College yesterday.

Close to 60 youth participated in the 8th annual Kendaaswin Day, an Ojibway word that broadly translates into ‘learning.’ The event is planned to provide a taste of applied learning experiences in workshops geared towards STEM professions.

STEM related professions are the fastest growing in the world, and more specifically, Indigenous STEM-related knowledges are in demand in Indigenous communities and within many industry sectors,” said Patty Chabbert, Canadore College’s business and Indigenous relations manager. “In northern Ontario we are facing even larger labour gaps, creating a lot of opportunity for local youth to live and work within their own communities.”

The event recognizes the important role that transition programs play in Indigenous student pathways into postsecondary. The schedule was created to profile the college’s Schools of Environmental Studies and Biotechnology and Media, Design and Dramatic Arts. In addition to workshops instructed by faculty and staff, participants met current students and alumni.

Kendaaswin Day is organized collaboratively between Canadore College and the regional planning team for the School College Work Initiative, a co-operative effort between the regional school boards, with a mandate to assist in creating a seamless transition for students from secondary school to college.

Canadore trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and student services. Nearly 20 percent of Canadore’s total student population is of Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Cree Algonquin, Mohawk, Inuit or Métis decent from Ontario, Québec and nation-wide, one of the highest representations in the provincial college system. The College and its students add nearly $244 million to Nipissing Parry Sound Service Area economy. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 44,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours and generous donors for the balance.

For more information, please contact:  Jessica Charette at 705.475.2538 or; Carrie Richmond at 705.474.7600, ext. 5216 or

#Admissions #Collaboration #College Drive #Credit Transfer Pathways #Enviro and Biotech #Events #Experiential Learning #First Peoples' Centre #General #Indigenous #Indigenous Studies #Media #Programs #Recruitment #Student Life #Student Success Services