Volume 12, Number 14 March 18, 2005

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Program to help Aboriginal students in math & science

The U of S and Saskatchewan’s Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) announced Feb. 25 they have created a program to help First Nations and Métis students with math and science skills so they can pursue study and careers in those fields.

Over five years CIC will provide $1 million and the U of S will provide in-kind contributions and some direct investment for the Mathematics & Science Enrichment Program. It will help up to 50 Aboriginal students per year with detailed evaluations of their skill levels and needs, courses in math and science, workshops in research and exam-writing, and cultural support from elders. Some skills workshops, such as on study techniques and library research, will be taught by Aboriginal graduate students. The CIC funds will pay for a program co-ordinator, instructors, elders and internships.

Crown Management Board Minister Pat Atkinson said, “First Nations and Métis people are a growing segment of Saskatchewan’s population, so we need to ensure that they have opportunities for advanced education that will lead to fulfilling careers in our Crown corporations and in other companies in our province.”

The program starts this fall.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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