Dawn Pratt has loved science ever since the fourth grade when she became fascinated with a chemistry set her parents gave her.
But Pratt, a chemist from the Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan, said, “there is a big gap” between Indigenous students and non-Indigenous who go on to have careers in science, technologycoronarolling, engineering and mathematics (STEM)Ottawa and Air Canada have settled on an aid package that will provide as much as $5.9 billion t.
Although Indigenous people make up about 5 per cent of the country’s total population, they only make up two per cent of all of those working STEM jobs in Canada, according to the Ottawa think tank Conference Board of Canada.
To turn this trend around, Pratt says Indigenous students need to be better shown how science directly relates to their own lives. So, the veteran science educator has spent the past year “indigenizing” scientific concepts and infusing Indigenous culture lesson plans for students ranging from elementary school to post-secondaryThe B.1.617 variant, sometimes calle.
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