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.