Our National Indigenous Youth in STEM Program (InSTEM) is a customized, community-based approach to engaging First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth in locally and culturally relevant STEM education programs. Over the past twenty years, we have worked closely with hundreds of Indigenous communities and tens of thousands of Indigenous youth. Actua has also developed strong connections with thought leaders in Indigenous education and national organizations like Indspire, the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and others. As a result, our model of Indigenous outreach is based on current thinking and successful practices in Indigenous youth engagement in STEM.
Each year, Actua’s network members and outreach team partner with Friendship Centres, First Nations organizations, hamlets, and other Indigenous community groups in the engagement of 30,000 Indigenous youth in over 200 communities nationwide. Our program was evaluated by Indpsire and is currently featured as a Nurturing Capacity Project on their website as a successful practice in Indigenous education.