High school student summer camp at SNP teaches STEM from Indigenous perspective

July 25, 2018

A new 15-day summer camp program offered at the Six Nations Polytechnic campus in Ohsweken is offering a STEM education from an Indigenous perspective. High school students who attend Gaǫdewayęhstaˀ Ohwęjagehka:ˀ (Learning on the Land) are connected with local knowledge-keepers and elders, and are able to earn a high school credit upon completion. “Kids learn better when they're involved directly with experiences on the land,” said Doug Dokis, senior advisor for Actua's national InSTEM program. “Indigenous communities and people have always known this, so we've been ... developing these programs in as many communities across the country as we can.” At the sister camp organized by Actua in Akwesasne, students have caught and dissected sturgeon, and were instructed about how traditional lacrosse sticks have been made with the spinal cord of the fish. CBC