Presentation on theme: "ABORIGINAL PROGRAM June 2012 Ruby Littlechild, M.Ed"— Presentation transcript:
ABORIGINAL PROGRAM June 2012 Ruby Littlechild, M.Ed
The goal of the Aboriginal Program is to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in engineering and geoscience professions to 2% by APEGA’s Outreach Strategy; to work more strategically with leaders in education and the Aboriginal community GOAL
APEGA’S strategy is to nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning and high achievement within the program APEGA works with key stakeholders to promote an understanding, appreciation, and use of the professional learning community’s diverse, cultural, social and intellectual resources Raise Aboriginal awareness of the engineering and geoscience professions Promote an interest in science, math and technology in First Nations and Metis communities, through the expansion of our Outreach services What does the Aboriginal Program do?
APEGA recognizes that engineering, science and technology are an important part of Canada’s future in world markets Statistics show that there is a need to increase University enrollment in science and math for Aboriginal people APEGA believes more students will enter the science and math fields if their interest is nurtured throughout their primary and secondary school years Experts predict a shortage of engineers and geoscientists in the near future which may be partly filled by Aboriginal professionals Why are we Interested?
There are 48 First Nations communities in Alberta and 8 Metis Settlements Edmonton has the 2 nd highest Aboriginal population in Canada, high transitory population Aboriginal Mentoring Program; we are in five urban schools in at Ben Calf Robe, Prince Charles and St. Joseph High School in Edmonton and St. Benedict’s, St. Marthas and St. Stephen’s in Calgary We are proud to announce that this year we have expanded our Aboriginal mentoring program into the high schools in Edmonton; providing consistency in mentoring relationships with our students who went on to Grade 10 from Ben Calf Robe Highlights of Aboriginal Program
We work with the FNMI (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) professional learning community including the Treaty 6, 7 and 8 First Nations educators and Metis settlements in Alberta, we attend Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Metis settlements based on invitation from the communities In January 2012, APEGA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta Highlights of agreement include high levels of communication and collaboration based on a clear and shared focus for the future Treaty 8 students Highlights of Aboriginal Program
Current and on-going collaborations include ASLA (Alberta Science Literacy Association) providing professional development teacher training to the Treaty 8 educators Alberta Regional Consortia providing professional development teacher training to the Treaty 7 educators Current Collaborations
APEGA Leadership APEGA Volunteers ASLA and EWB for their collaboration efforts with the Aboriginal community THANK YOU!