Aboriginal STEM Program
The Aboriginal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outreach program is a reciprocal partnership between Aboriginal communities and groups and the University of Victoria's Office of Indigenous Affairs, Faculties of Science & Engineering, and Science Venture, to address the gap in scientific literacy by engaging Aboriginal youth in STEM and encouraging them to pursue these fields as a career choice. UVic is playing a leadership role by breaking down the barriers to education in the sciences through interactive, engaging and culturally sensitive programs that are community driven.
Begun in 2008, the University of Victoria's Aboriginal STEM program current works with the following communities and organizations:
- Esquimalt Nation
- Songhees Nation
- Tsawout Nation
- Tseycum Nation
- T'Sou-ke Nation
- Victoria Native Friendship Centre
- Island Metis Community & Family Services
- British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Programming offered in these communities is varied. from after school science clubs to spring/summer break camps, and community events.
Past Aboriginal STEM Initiatives have included Community Partners such as:
- LAUWELNEW Tribal School
- Paquachin Nation
- Tla'amin Nation
As part of the Aboriginal STEM program, the University of Victoria also hosted the Annual Aboriginal STEM Middle & High School Tours . During these day-long events, which brought together up to 100 Aboriginal youth from SD 61, 62, and 63, students went behind the scenes at the University of Victoria to explore labs, meet students & professors, and participate in hands-on activities.