Welcome to Aboriginal Access to Engineering, Queen's University

About Us

We Are…

Aboriginal Access to Engineering located at Queen's University.

We know…

First Nation communities are growing. They need more housing and hospitals; improved roads and runways; safe sewage and water treatment. To support this growth, First Nations need people who know the communities and can build the future while honouring the past: teachers and doctors, politicians and nurses, entrepreneurs and engineers.

We work…

with the engineering profession and academic institutions, as well as government and business to develop programming which will encourage Aboriginal youth to stay in school and pursue post-secondary studies in the pure and applied sciences. Most importantly, we work with First Nations communities - students, teachers, parents, elders and leaders - from across Canada to ensure that the programming we produce is relevant and meets the needs and expectations of the community. Cooperative partnerships of this kind are crucial.

We have…

a national mandate to deliver culturally relevant programming to Aboriginal youth and their teachers in remote, rural, urban and semi-urban areas. Aboriginal Access has run summer camps, participated in career days and developed materials for use in schools. Current and on-going projects include:

  • On campus student support for students at Queen’s University
  • Summer community outreach through NSERC’s PromoScience initiative
  • Curriculum materials aimed at all grade levels
  • Curriculum sets developed by the former Native Access to Engineering Program (newsletter, worksheet and teacher's guide) Each set focuses on a different topic, and makes connections to math and science that are relevant to Aboriginal students
  • Interesting publications encouraging Aboriginal youth to consider a future in engineering
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Contests
  • and much more!

We also…

have an evolving on-line community where Aboriginal Access materials are available in interactive HTML and PDF formats. Students, teachers and community members can find role models, news, puzzles and a section about Ancestral Engineering on this Web site. Outreach is another large part of programming, as it allows our network to expand and grow. AAE participates in local, regional, national and international events such as conferences and career fairs.

We offer…

a program unique within Canada. We balance both on-campus support for current Aboriginal engineering students with an eye to the future development of younger generations, by providing resources for students at the elementary and secondary levels to encourage them to stay in school and keep studying math and science.

Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, Canada

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