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Volunteer Chaperones Wanted: Kirkness Science Camp

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Volunteers chaperons wanted: Evenings of May 15th to morning of May 20th
 
Kirkness Science Camp will be hosting about 16 Aboriginal students from across Canada at UBC May 16th to 20th.  They are looking for about 4 volunteer chaperons to joins from about 4:30 to 9:30 am in the morning.  This will mean lodging with students at Vanier for the week.  It will include meals for the week and lodging.  The days for the volunteers will be free to enjoy at beautiful UBC Vancouver campus.  Volunteers must be 21 or older and fill out a criminal records check form (through Kirkness there will be no charge for the criminal check form to the volunteer).
 
Please contact Carolyn Kenny with questions.  See more about the camp here: http://www.vernajkirkness.org/

Call for Applications: Kirkness Science Camp for Gr. 11. Due Feb 29, 2016

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What: Kirkness Science Camp
When: May 16th – 20th 2016
Eligibility: Aboriginal students in grade 11
Cost: It is free to the student. It includes travel from anywhere in Canada, meals, lodging, a one week science project
Applications are competitive: students write a 300 word essay and students would be chosen and Kirkness will decide which science lab that they are selected for.  Of course, hoping to select a science lab that most closely matches their essay. 
Application deadline:  February 29, 2016
 
The Dean at the UBC Faculty of Forestry is partnering with the Kirkness Science Camp http://www.vernajkirkness.org/ and is hosting six students May 16-20th (as are other programs and universities across Canada). 
 
This is a one-week “camp” where high school students will work on a science project and present their project on Friday May 20th.  The student will join the faculties during the day and have chaperons during the evenings.  There will be an honour feast to celebrate the nations joining together. 
 
We have 4 faculty member, myself and graduate students that will work with the students.  Lori Daniels will host a tree ring lab to compare the properties of old-growth and second-growth western redcedar; Sue Grayston and Cindy Prescott will examine the biodiversity in soil from Haida Gwaii; and Julie Cool will design a wood product with students.  We also have planned a trip to the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge.
 
Let me know if you have any questions.  Please share with your connections and communities that you are working with. 
 
Best wishes,
Andrea Lyall, RPF PhD Candidate
Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator / Sessional Lecturer
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia
604.822.5294

First Nations graduation rates climbing fast

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First Nations graduation rates climbing fast

First Nations students graduated at a rate of 61.6 per cent this year, up 45 per cent since 2001. This 2012 graduation ceremony for aboriginal students in Vancouver schools, above, was held at Templeton secondary school.

Photograph by: Les Bazso , Vancouver Sun

The number of B.C. students successfully completing Grade 12 is the highest it has ever been, with the most substantial increases among First Nations and special needs students, according to a report from the ministry of education.

The six-year completion rate for all students — the number of students who graduate within six years of registering for Grade 8 — topped 84 per cent in the 2013-14 school year, up about 10 per cent since 2001.

Part of that rise is fuelled by the big improvement in completions by First Nations students, who graduated at a rate of 61.6 per cent this year, up 45 per cent since 2001.

Much of the credit for the improvement is attributable to a renewed spirit of collaboration between the ministry and the First Nations Education Steering Committee and “buy in” from many trustees and principles B.C.’s school districts to make First Nations education a priority, said committee president Tyrone McNeil of the Sto:lo Tribal Council.

“We’ve kept the pressure on for years and we are starting to see it come together now,” he said. “We aren’t ready to let up yet, though; we’d like to see even bigger increases until our students achieve parity.”

New aboriginal curriculum, from First Nations Studies to retooled English courses starting in Grade 10, have First Nations students far more engaged with their studies. Read More

Source: Vancouver Sun