Indigenous Youth Initiatives

Overview – Indigenous Youth Conferences

What is the WISE NL Indigenous Youth Conference?

The Women in Science and Engineering NL (WISE NL) Conference is for female AND male high school students who are interested in learning more about career options in science and engineering. Students will be encouraged to consider a career in these fields through professional development activities, mentoring and knowledge of the opportunities available. Students can bring this information back to their school and promote opportunities in their home communities among their peers.

Who can apply for the WISE NL Indigenous Youth Conference?

Full-time male or female high school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply. Preference will be given to students that self-identify as Indigenous however,  all students are encouraged to apply.

Click Here for the Application

Where will the WISE NL Indigenous Youth Conference be held and what is the cost?

The conferences are held in Corner Brook, NL. All costs associated with travel, accommodations, meals and conference fees will be covered. Participants may choose to bring personal spending money.


Previous Conferences

Science Literacy Week Webinar: Exploring ROVs (September 22nd, 2017)

On September 22nd, WISE NL and the Marine Institute will partner to present the second ROV Webinar in WISE NL’s STEM School Seminar Series. The September webinar titled Exploring ROVs will recognize Science Literacy Week (September 18th – 24th, 2017) Canada’s weeklong celebration of science.  The webinar will feature an interactive activity presented by the Marine Institute’s Eastern Edge Robotics team and a presentation on the exciting opportunities in ocean technologies in Newfoundland and Labrador. Interested schools are encouraged to contact for more details.

WISE NL’s Science Literacy Picks: Science Literacy Week book list

Science Odyssey Week Webinar (May 17th, 2017)

Inspired by the annual MATE ROV competition and in recognition of Science Odyssey week, WISE NL in partnership with the Marine Institute hosted an educational webinar through the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) on May 17th, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm, NDT. The Webinar featured a live demonstration by the Marine Institute’s Eastern Edge Robotics team, on how to assemble an ROV kit provided to each school through the Marine Institute. These kits give students the opportunity to form their own ROV teams for participation in the annual MATE ROV Ranger competition, taking place each May at the Marine Institute. Participating schools included: St. Lewis Academy in St. Lewis Labrador and Belanger Memorial High School in Doyles Newfoundland tuned into the webinar.

Corner Brook 2015

“I enjoyed this program a lot. I hope to attend it again in the future.” 2015 Conference Participant

“I loved the Psychology and Medicine presentations! They gave me a better understanding of what I want to do in an interesting way!” – 2015 Conference Participant

The WISE NL Aboriginal Youth Conference (AYC) was held in Corner Brook from November 12-15, 2015. There were 23 students from all across Newfoundland and Labrador who attended from communities including: Cartwright, Charlottetown, Clarenville, Codroy Valley, Conne River, Corner Brook, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Mary’s Harbour, Nain, South Branch, St. George’s Stephenville, and Wabush.

Conference Speakers Included: Let’s Talk Science, Atlantic Engineering, Compass Group Canada, and WRDC.

Students participated in tours of the Academy Canada, CNA, and Grenfell Campus.


These conferences would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors:


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