“It is so warm and inviting”: KPU teams up with engineering foundation for FNMI initiative

February 20, 2019

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will host the Verna J Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program in 2019. The initiative supports educational opportunities and activities outside of the classroom for First Nations, Metís, and Indigenous students through research mentorship. “Expanding the program to KPU will help the foundation to meet the goal of increasing the number of First Nation, Metis and Inuit students graduating in science, medicine, and engineering by offering a unique enrichment experience for FNMI students in the Lower Mainland,” said Tony Williams, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The partnership will feature activities such as computer-aided design and drafting, insect collection and curation, laboratory research on insects that prey on greenhouse and agricultural crops, re-indigenizing Logan Creek floodplain with native species, and turf management. “We are very pleased and honoured to be partnering with the Verna J Kirkness Education Foundation,” said KPU Associate VP Academic Steve Cardwell. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for Indigenous youth.” Nation Talk (BC)