Summary: Actua provides young Canadians with positive hands-on learning experiences in science and technology. By stimulating young people’s natural curiosity, they develop self-confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills – and inspiration to become learners for life.
Actua in the North, an outreach program for youth across the Arctic, was the recipient of an RBC Award for the Far North in Ashoka Canada’s Changemaker Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. The competition, which welcomed submissions from across Canada and around the world, recognizes innovation in educating Aboriginal people in and beyond the classroom.
Actua’s National Aboriginal Outreach Program supports the development and delivery of science, engineering and technology camps, workshops and community outreach initiatives to young Aboriginal Canadians. Through a community-based approach, they deliver confidence-building programming that is locally and culturally relevant. They expose youth to Aboriginal role models and other young and energetic mentors in a variety of science fields and demonstrate how traditional knowledge plays a significant role in the study of science.
The National Aboriginal Outreach Program helps address the urgent need to engage Aboriginal Canadians in STEM fields, both to ensure future prosperity within Aboriginal communities and to contribute to the creation of a diverse Canadian workforce.
Since Actua’s first northern camp took place in Iqaluit over 10 years ago, they have engaged ten of thousands of Northern youth in dynamic, culturally relevant programming. The Suncor Energy Foundation, GE Canada and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency continues to support this program.