|First Nations Community-Building: Walking the Sciences Path with Balance
|Year 1: Project Title
|Walking the Sciences Path with Balance
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|Year 1: Principal Investigator
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|Year 1: Team Members
Joanne Nakonechny, Research Associate, Science Centre for Teaching and Learning (Skylight), Faculty of Science
|Year 1: Summary
First Nations require a body of scientifically literate First Nations people given the new technologydriven provincial economy, the on-going treaty process, responsibility for resource management and the challenges of self-government. Currently, First Nations students and communities still face the consequences of historically instigated educational disadvantages. Although First Nations students are graduating from high school at an ever increasing rate, there are still few students entering UBC in Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. For example, in the UBC 2000/2001 Winter session only 24 selfidentified First Nations students were enrolled in the Faculty of Science and few if any were enrolled in Agricultural Sciences. The lack of graduates from these faculties has, and will continue to have, serious repercussions for individuals, Aboriginal communities' self-government and self-determination priorities, and the labour market. The first step in a long-term initiative to aid First Nations student access and success in the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Science is the creation of a First Nations Coordinator position in the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Science.
The resources provided by this project will enable the co-ordinator to take first steps to lessen institutional barriers to access and success by developing community, school, and individual relationships. The Agricultural Sciences and Science First Nations Co-ordinator will achieve the following objectives through this project:
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|Year 2: Principal Investigator
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|Year 2: Team Members
Tim Michel, First Nations Student Services Coordinator, Faculty of Faculty of Science / Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
|Year 2: Summary
Aboriginal students continue to face problems that stem from historical educational disadvantages. While there are a higher number of Aboriginal graduates from high school each year, the number that continues on to University is still quite low. In addition, only a small percentage of Aboriginal students choose the sciences as their fields of study. Of the 200 or so Aboriginal undergraduate students at UBC last year, only 24 were enrolled in the Sciences and none in Agricultural Sciences. This year 20 students are enrolled in the Sciences and one is enrolled in Agricultural Sciences. This project will help more students see Science and Agricultural Sciences as viable educational programs and will improve retention rates.
Although significant progress is being made through this project and through the establishment of a First Nations coordinator for Science and Agricultural Sciences, achieving the goals of this project is a long-term endeavour that needs additional support to sustain this progress.