At Let’s Talk Science, we’re deeply committed to ensuring equitable access to our programs for all youth in Canada, and have been collaborating with Indigenous communities since 1994. We acknowledge and respect the diversity among Indigenous Peoples and their communities. We welcome the opportunity to work together to offer meaningful programs that build youth confidence and interest in learning.
Our programs use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as the learning platform and help develop important skills such as problem-solving, communication, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. The development of essential skills will not only prepare youth for the diverse opportunities within and surrounding their communities, but can also empower them to create their own unique opportunities and begin to address the issues that are important to them.
Our volunteers and staff travel to Indigenous communities throughout Canada to engage children and youth in fun, hands-on/minds-on STEM-based activities that promote the development of essential skills. We also have programs to support teacher professional development, along with several web-enabled programs that can be accessed in both the classroom and the community. All of our youth programs are offered free of charge. Learn more about each of our initiatives below.
Let’s Talk Science Outreach: Our outstanding volunteers from more than 40 university and college outreach sites across Canada engage children and youth in a wide variety of exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences in both school and community settings. We work closely with Indigenous communities to ensure our programs are both respectful and relevant.
CurioCity: This web-based program developed to connect students and teachers with the STEM community, offering an interactive and reliable place for youth, ages 13-17, to explore and engage in STEM issues using technologies and relevant contexts that appeal to them. Through CurioCity, we’ve also gathered a number of Indigenous role models for inspiring confidence in youth as they navigate these resources.
IdeaPark: This is a dynamic online place for early years and K-3 educators, including a suite of planning tools, resources and professional learning opportunities that support young children’s development as critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Tomatosphere™: Looking for an out-of-this-world STEM learning experience? This educational project for Grades K-12 examines the effects of space on plant growth through experimentation, observation and data collection.
“I’ve always had a desire to give back to my community; I was raised on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, a rural First Nations community in Southern Ontario, and I have always wanted to help others growing up like me—other kids from small towns, who didn’t know any scientists or doctors, and who didn’t have access to the types of resources found in larger, more urban communities. Through my work with Let’s Talk Science, I hope I can make the 10-year-old me proud and help many more kids realize that science is always an exciting, accessible option!”Marcy Maracle Let’s Talk Science Coordinator, McGill University
“When I was 14 or 15 years old, I travelled from my community, Whitefish Lake First Nation, to London, Ontario to take part in a week-long science camp hosted by Let’s Talk Science Outreach at Western University. I loved it! It exposed me to Kinesiology for the first time and literally changed the course of my life. Up until that point, I had planned to graduate high school but had no aspirations of going to college or university. I always loved science, but this exposure to the different subject areas in a really fun, cool and exciting way made a significant impact on me. In the work that I do now, I see the impact this type of engagement has on youth. I know the value of it first hand.”Naomi Mishibinijima Counsellor, Indigenous Services, Student Development Centre, Western University
National Indigenous Advisory Council
Established in 2007, our National Indigenous Advisory Council (formerly the National Aboriginal Advisory Council) plays an important role in guiding the successful development of Let’s Talk Science programs and initiatives to support the needs of Indigenous children and communities.
The National Indigenous Advisory Council includes an Elder and representatives from the following organizations:
- Assembly of First Nations
- CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
- Inuit Tapririit Kanatami
- Métis National Council
- National Association of Friendship Centres
- Native Women’s Association of Canada
- Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre
To learn more contact:
Coordinator, Indigenous Initiatives
Let’s Talk Science
519-414-4081 ext. 241
1-877-474-4081 ext. 241