Forward Summit
Youth Delegation

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About the Delegation!
Today's youth represent the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. They are among Canada's most precious human resources and will one day inherit the emerging opportunities and unsolved social and economic challenges we face today.

That’s why this year’s Forward Summit is partnering with Actua,  Canada’s leading youth STEM outreach organization  to welcome a group of 25 Indigenous post-secondary students to connect and engage with industry partners, learn about exciting career opportunities and participate in discussions about economic reconciliation. The youth delegation consists of post-secondary students who are mentors and leaders in their communities. Many of them are also instructors at STEM camps run by Actua network members throughout Canada. 

In advance of their participation in Forward Summit East, which will include a youth panel discussion, Actua will host a one-day session for the delegation. The session will be supported and guided by Indigenous Elders and Cultural Practitioners and the youth will engage in Indigenous cultural learning activities and professional development workshops to prepare them for the summit, enhance their leadership skills, and prepare them to enter the workforce. 

Actua's InSTEM program engages Indigenous youth, educators and industry professionals in experiences designed to align Indigenous Knowledge and worldviews with western STEM. The program includes culturally relevant STEM learning experiences for youth, land-based teacher training experiences and opportunities for Indigenous youth and industry mentors to connect and collaborate.

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Meet our Youth Panelists!
Coming soon! Check back regularly for updates.

Advancing economic equity in Canada must include Indigenous youth. Whether it’s making space for them to share their viewpoints as part of broader discussions on economic reconciliation, supporting their education, embracing their cultures, or providing pathways for direct engagement with potential employers, we must do what we can to enable their success. Narrowing economic disparities within Canada cannot happen without this pivotal group.

- Doug Dokis, Advisor, Actua's National Indigenous Youth in STEM (InSTEM) program.
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