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STEM Education for Indigenous Youth in Canada

Dear colleagues,

On April 15, I invite you to join me for a discussion on the importance of STEM education for Indigenous youth in Canada.

Elder Wilfred Barnes from Westbank First Nation will share opening remarks, followed by an interactive discussion with Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University and Dr. Jason Pennington, Assistant Professor, General Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Drs. Philpott and Pennington will lead a dialogue on the great potential that STEM presents and the importance of diversity in STEM. They will share both Indigenous and academic perspectives on the barriers that prevent Indigenous youth from participating in STEM programs and will propose a path forward that calls for action at both the individual and institutional levels.

Dr. Philpott was recently appointed as the Ministers’ Special Advisor for the Ontario Health Data Platform. She is a former member of Parliament and previously served as federal Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.

Dr. Pennington is a community general surgeon at the Scarborough Health Network and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is a proud member of the Huron-Wendat Nation and an advocate for education and Indigenous Health. He is currently the regional Indigenous Cancer Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Ian Foulds, Associate Professor at the School of Engineering and UBC Okanagan Principal’s Research Chair (Tier 1) in Indigenous Reconciliation in Engineering.

I look forward to what I know will be an engaging and informative discussion.

STEM Education for Indigenous Youth in Canada
April 15, 2021
12 to 1:30 p.m. | Virtual Event on Zoom
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Ananya Mukherjee Reed 
Provost and Vice-President Academic
UBC Okanagan