Statement by Actua’s Board of Directors on National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2016

Today, on National Aboriginal Day, the Actua Board of Directors affirms its support and commitment to the “call to actions” outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.  Actua’s work over the past twenty years in engaging and partnering with Indigenous communities and youth to advance science, technology, engineering and math education and skills is aligned with the reconciliation message and many of the 92 Calls to Actions.

Through Actua’s InSTEM program (Indigenous Youth in STEM), we are actively committed to improving the education attainment levels and success rates of Indigenous youth across Canada.  Actua currently engages 35,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth in over 200 communities in confidence and skill building experiences.  Actua works in partnership with its Indigenous community partners to deliver content that is culturally and locally relevant and that highlights and celebrates traditional knowledge as a pillar in science and innovation.

As an organization, Actua is committed to having Indigenous voices and representation at every level - from our Board, to our staff, to our delivery instructors. Through a commitment to training we are providing education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations.

Actua is on the front lines of reconciliation, fostering engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, especially by youth and young adults. We will continue to work with our local, regional and national Aboriginal organization partners to ensure we are aligned with their education priorities.  We encourage all Canadians to work actively toward reconciliation and to building a new, positive relationship with Indigenous peoples that makes Canada a stronger and more inclusive country for everyone.