Manitoba Youth Shine at the CWSF

The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is proud of the First Nations students who represented the province at the Canada-wide science fair, held in Regina, May 15-20.


The Manitoba contingent!

Seven Indigenous students, all finalists of the Manitoba First Nations Science Fair held earlier this year, competed against more than 500 young scientists from schools across Canada. Each project focused on Indigenous culture and the land.

Skylin Dejarlais & Deshawn McKay of the Ochihakkosipi First Nation, whose project “Wiggle it, Just a Little Bit” focused on the science and art of backyard composting, won the First Nations University of Canada Award.  The two Grade 7 students used what they coined “Worm Juice” to improve soil for farming.
Dayna Harper from St. Theresa Point First Nation was awarded the SHAD Scholarship for her project “Plants and Magnets” which observed seed germination in soil exposed to magnetic fields.
Matthew Monias & Waylon Harper from Garden Hill First Nation, Thomas Anderson and Keaton Shorting both of Little Saskatchewan First Nation also represented their schools at the science fair.
“Engaging Indigenous youth in scientific enquiry is vital to the health and well-being of our communities and this province,” said Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC).
“Our organization promotes science education and achievement in First Nations schools through resources and events such as the Manitoba First Nations Science Fair. We are honoured to nurture the next generation of First Nations scientists, researchers and leaders,” he said.
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