These UBC-affiliated programs engage Indigenous youth in various ways and support their interest in eventually pursuing higher education.
Bridge Through Sport Program
Bridge Through Sport is a partnership between UBC and the Musqueam Indian Band offering a range of programs, including a yearly soccer tournament.
Cedar Summer Camp
Every year, CEDAR Summer camp provides an opportunity for 45 local Aboriginal youth between the ages of 8-12 to explore UBC campus through fun and interactive programming.
Geering up Science and Engineering Program
UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of promoting science, engineering, and technology to youth across British Columbia. Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Geering Up is designed, organized and operated by UBC students.
In partnership with UBC’s School of Biomechanical Engineering, ICORD’s summer program offers opportunities and mentorship to Indigenous high school students (grades 10 to 12) interested in scientific research. Students are engaged in research projects with the goal of inspiring them to purse post-secondary studies in the sciences, ideally in neuroscience or biomedical engineering.
Mathematics Department Outreach
UBC Mathematics Department undertakes initiatives designed to enhance mathematics education for Aboriginal students in BC, and particularly in the Metro Vancouver area.
Native Youth Program
The Museum of Anthropology’s Native Youth Program, established in 1979, is a summer program for urban Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 18, currently enrolled in secondary school. It provides summer employment and training to six urban Indigenous high school students and two UBC students as program manager and research assistant.
Physics & Astronomy Outreach Program
The UBC Physics & Astronomy Outreach Program offers a wide range of activities, from summer camps, science competitions, to teacher workshops and public lectures.
Summer Science Program
The UBC Summer Science Program, a one-week cultural, health and science program for Indigenous students in grades 8-11, promotes interest in health and science programs through firsthand experience at the University.
Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation Program
The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at Canadian universities by offering scholarships to Indigenous grade 11 students to spend a week at a university, including UBC, interacting with university professors and graduate students and conducting research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.