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Indigenous Youth Science and Traditional Knowledge Fair

The Faculty of Native Studies - University of Alberta is co-hosting a Traditional Knowledge - Science Fair with Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta, and the Treaty 6 Confederacy. The vision of the fair is to bring together youth from across Treaty 8 and 6 territories from May 25th - 26th 2015 in Edmonton to share their experiences and knowledge about environmental change in Alberta. The fair will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre. 

Benefits of Participation:

  • Chance to win prizes for Poster Presentations
  • Opportunity to learn from prominent researchers from around the world studying environmental change and sustainability
  • FREE conference registration (valued at $350)
  • FREE lunch during conference
  • FREE admission to the TELUS World of Science during group visit
  • FREE admission to Fort Edmonton Park on the evening of May 25th for opening ceremonies
  • Opportunity to visit the University of Alberta campus and be mentored by a current university student in the Faculty of Native Studies
  • Opportunity to learn about educational futures in the sciences and the links with traditional knowledge and indigenous communities

Eligibility:

  • Students residing in a Treaty 8 First Nation who attend a band-operated or Provincially recognized school in Alberta.
  • Grade 7-12
  • Required to prepare poster presentations about key issues of environmental change (e.g., natural resource development, climate change, wildlife health or sustainability of water resources) at the conference
  • Any Chaperones attending must be available to travel with the student to Edmonton and attend the conference
  • Support from First Nation, school, and parent (completion of application forms provided)

List of Potential Poster Topics:

  • Impacts to water resources from oil and gas development
  • Changes to wildlife health and population from resource development
  • Importance of medicinal plants and the impacts from forestry
  • Forest fire prevention
  • Water rights and access
  • Community recycling or energy-efficiency programs
  • Any other topic related to the environment and/or community initiatives around sustainability. Tell us what is important in your community!!

Deadline for Applications:

  • May 1st, 2014 NOTE: Poster says April 25th but the deadline has been extended to May 1st. 
  • Click here to fill out application

If you have any questions or would like to apply please contact:

Kelsey Dokis-Jansen kljansen@ualberta.ca

or

Jenn Cardinal jcardinal@treaty8.org

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