(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) — For the first time ever the Yorkton Tribal Council will host a science fair at the Keeseekoose Chiefs’ Education Centre on the Keeseekoose First Nation on Friday February 10, 2017.

“We want to encourage our young ones to develop an interest in science and technology because it will help position them for the job market of the future,” said Keeseekoose Chief Lyndon Musqua. “We already have a great demand in our First Nations communities for people in health sciences, and that demand will only increase as our population grows.”

The YTC science fair begins at 10 a.m. with drummers and a speech from an elder. The judging begins at 11 a.m., with 48 students participating.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Executive applauds the groundbreaking effort by the tribal council, teachers and students, as First Nations educators encourage students to pursue an interest in science and technology.

“It is vital for our youth to complete their education in the area of science and technologies. Education is the key to building healthier people and communities,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “The FSIN is proud of our young people as they apply their Inherent and Treaty right to education embarking on meaningful careers.”

The FSIN Education and Training Secretariat helps to organize an average of 20 science fairs a year at First Nation schools culminating with the annual Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair on March 20 and 21, 2017 in Saskatoon.

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