Photo courtesy FSIN.

(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK) — Grade 6 to 12 students from across Saskatchewan are in Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park today to represent their First Nation schools in the 9th annual Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair. The science fair is hosted by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), and will feature 128 First Nation science ambassadors in the competition. The top four will go on to compete in a Canada-wide science fair.

“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 when embarking on meaningful careers.”

The young science ambassadors are invited to showcase science and math from a traditional knowledge and/or Western perspective. The science fair is also an opportunity for students to network within the community in their search for traditional indigenous knowledge.

“This is an opportunity for our First Nations kids to experience the thrill of discovery, and the satisfaction of coming to a better understanding of a subject by testing your hypothesis in a controlled manner. These projects help develop skills they’re going to use for the rest of their lives,” said Chief Cameron.

The FSIN Education and Training Secretariat helps to organize an average of 30 mobile science symposiums a year at First Nation schools, culminating with the annual Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair in Saskatoon.

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