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Indigenous Youth Gaining STEAM

May 28, 2019 | Canadore College

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Indigenous youth from North Bay and area’s school boards will attend a series of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) related workshops at Canadore College on Thursday.

Close to 30 youth will take part in the 9th annual Kendaaswin Day, an Ojibway word that broadly translates into ‘learning.’ The event is planned to provide a taste of applied learning experiences geared towards STEAM professions and the variety of educational pathways that support entry into these fields. The agenda includes Indigenous storytelling and digital illustration, plant and animal harvesting and more.

The yearly event recognizes the crucial role that transition programs play in Indigenous student persistence and success in postsecondary. Workshops will be instructed by Canadore College faculty and staff, current students, alumni, and community leaders.

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 positive and seamless transition for students from secondary school to college.

Canadore College trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 75 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and provides success services to students from nearly 400 Canadian communities and 15 international countries. 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 45,000 alumni working across the globe. Canadore receives less than 50 per cent of its traditional funding from the provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and relies on its own innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors 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


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