CLS signs partnership to help teach First Nations students science

FSIN and Canadian Light Source sign agreement in Saskatoon to enhance First Nation learning in the field of science.
FSIN and Canadian Light Source sign agreement in Saskatoon to help First Nation students learn about science. Devin Sauer / Global News

SASKATOON – The synchrotron facility in Saskatoon will help aboriginal students shed some light on science. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) began a new relationship Tuesday.

Both parties signed an agreement at this year’s annual Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair taking place at Prairieland Park to work together and better students’ education.

Teachers from First Nation schools will have opportunities to attend CLS workshops and employees from the facility are encouraged to participate in science-related events at schools.

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FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron calls the agreement a positive step towards getting students interested in science and future careers in the field.

“Our students will get a chance to meet potential mentors and future colleagues in Saskatchewan’s scientific community,” Cameron said.

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The agreement also has a focus on traditions and culture for indigenous students from Grades 1 to 12.

“We are excited to introduce our facility, the most complex scientific instrument and brightest light in Canada, to a new audience of future researchers and innovators in this province,” CLS CEO Dr. Robert Lamb said.

Since beginning operations in 2005, CLS has provided a service seen in over 1,500 scientific publications.