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Aki Kikinomakaywin ‘learning on the land’ camp in Thunder Bay gets Indigenous youth excited about science – CBC

Jul 21, 2023

Leaders try to root the camp in Indigenous culture, stories and teachings, project lead says

Indigenous youth gathered this week at Lakehead University and Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont., in a special camp centred on Aki Kikinomakaywin — Ojibway for “learning on the land.”

Seventeen young people aged 12 to 16 came from First Nations across northern Ontario to participate in the second year of the program that began July 16. The activities included conducting stream assessments through Indigenous ways of knowing, combined with Western science.

A big goal of the camp is to teach STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) by way of land-based, hands-on activities, and to encourage youth to want to pursue post-secondary education.

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