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August 02, 2019
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Science Week Introduces Indigenous Youth to Careers in Natural Resources

Photo of young person using a trowel

Fifty-two Indigenous youth from 29 communities are in Thunder Bay this week learning about geo-caching, cartography, sustainable energy, entrepreneurship, working with concrete, and more as part of Science Week with the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP).

July 31, 2019 - Thunder Bay, Ont.

Fifty-two Indigenous youth from 29 communities are in Thunder Bay this week learning about geo-caching, cartography, sustainable energy, entrepreneurship and more as part of Science Week with the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP).

The youth and their Crew Leaders are part of a national network of OYEP Camps, a collaborative project between industry, the province, and Confederation College and Lakehead University.

Since 2000, Outland, a division of Dexterra, has partnered with Confederation College and Lakehead University to offer land-based education training and employment programs for Indigenous youth in Ontario. To date, the partnership has resulted in over 500 participants from over 55 communities completing the programs.

“The science camp is a great opportunity for Confederation College to host Anishinaabe youth, to open up our doors to them and to showcase all the great opportunities that come with being a college student,” said Chris Paci, Chair of Engineering Technology, and organizer the camp activities at Confederation.We get them thinking about careers in engineering technology, natural resources, health and hospitality. We want the camp to be culturally relevant, engaging, fun and to let youth know that even if they didn’t think they could go to college, that there’s a place for them here. We are proud to be an ongoing partner.”

Sarah Ambroziak, National Manager, Outland, a division of Dexterra, spoke to the long-standing partnership with both institutions. “OYEP is a great example of the power of partnership. The collaborative efforts of Outland, Confederation College and Lakehead University have supported the educational and employment goals of over 500 Indigenous youth in Ontario. Each partner brings unique expertise to the program, allowing us to deliver a robust summer experience for all youth involved. We look forward to many more years of OYEP in Ontario.”

Science week, running July 29 to August 2, includes field trips to local facilities and guest speakers from Confederation College, Lakehead University and the natural resources industry. Participants have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and natural resource fields, with a focus on Indigenous history and technology. Activities range from designing an atlatl—ancient throwing spears from the northwest region—to the exploration of stream ecosystems with underwater drones. The group will also learn about the history, policies, impacts and effects of residential schools through the Kairos Blanket Exercise facilitated by Lakehead staff.

“It is very important that today’s youth are better equipped to appreciate how an understanding of STEM and natural resource management impacts their day-to-day lives and the prosperity of communities across the north,” said Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, Lakehead University.

“Indigenous youth from the region have a great opportunity to engage in experiential learning at Lakehead University. The Aboriginal Mentorship Program and Lakehead are honoured to host youth from the region in partnership with Outland Youth Employment Program and Confederation College,” she added.

The program will continue through mid-August. OYEP will be celebrating 20 years of delivery at Confederation College on August 14, 2019.

Notice from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) – PTR Information Session - Thursday, Aug. 8

There will be an information session held on Promotion, Tenure and Renewal process and procedures. Please note the following date, time and room numbers:

Date: Thursday, Aug. 8
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: ATAC 5036 (Thunder Bay), OA 3007 (Orillia via video conference)

Faculty members who are considering making application for promotion, tenure or renewal, or who are interested in knowing more about the PTR process, are encouraged to attend.

The Upgrade to LinkedIn Learning is Complete

All current students, faculty, and staff have full access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly through Lakehead University. As part of this new learning experience, you’ll receive:

  • The same, high-quality content that you’ve enjoyed before

  • More relevant content recommendations informed by insights from your LinkedIn network

  • Learning when and where you want, whether that’s on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop

LinkedIn Learning offers a highly customized, simplified, and engaging experience, so take charge of your growth and development and explore this exciting new resource today!

Log into LinkedIn Learning using your Lakehead University username and password.  If you accessed prior to the upgrade, all your learning activity and history from will be available in LinkedIn Learning as long as you login before March 2020.  

During the activation process, you can choose to connect your Lakehead LinkedIn Learning account with your personal profile if you have one. This is completely optional and can be changed at any time.  Refer to the Managing Your Account and Privacy Settings article from LinkedIn Learning to learn more.

Have questions? Start by checking out the How to use LinkedIn Learning course or visit Lakehead’s LinkedIn Learning website. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact the Teaching Commons.

Agroecology and Seed Security in Northern Ontario - Aug. 11 and 13

Join us for a discussion and workshop about ecological agriculture and seed security in Northwestern Ontario. This event is open to anyone who grows food or is interested in building more sustainable food systems in the Thunder Bay area. 

Presentations from Charles Levkoe, Sustainable Food Systems Lab, Lakehead University.

Agroecology and Seed Security in Northern Ontario - Panel and Discussion + Q&A

Date: Sunday, Aug. 11
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Charles Levkoe – Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
  • Superior Seed Producers
  • Rebecca Ivanoff – Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
  • Helen Jensen – USC Canada
  • Beau Bouchers – Fort William First Nations

Lilly Street Garden Tour and Seed Saving Workshop

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 13
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To register, email or call 807-285-8901 and indicate which events you plan to attend. Registration closes Thursday, Aug. 8.

Thesis Proposal Defense - A. MacIsaac - Thursday, Aug. 15

Angela MacIsaac will defend the thesis proposal, "Examining the “Sadder but Wiser” Paradox: Are Those High in Dispositional Self-Reflection Likely to Journal, and Do They Benefit?", on Thursday, Aug. 15 in ATAC 3004.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 15
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: ATAC 3004

  • Supervisor: Dr. Aislin Mushquash
  • Committee Member: Dr. Dwight Mazmanian
  • GSC: Dr. Rupert Klein



Reminder: Repair Work on Roads, Parking Lots – Aug. 6 to 9

Repair work on Lakehead Thunder Bay roads and parking lots began on Tuesday, Aug. 6 and will continue until Friday, Aug. 9.

This work will include the entrance and exit to the Agora Circle as well as near the William H. Buset Centre for Music and Visual Arts and School of Nursing buildings, 1294 Balmoral St., and Lots 13 and 14 along with the nearby road.

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, while construction occurs on the entrance to the Agora Circle, the exit will be split into two lanes for entering and exiting. On Wednesday, Aug. 7, while construction occurs on the Agora Circle exit, the entrance will be divided into two lanes for entering and exiting.  

This work will include heavy machinery and construction workers. Please use caution in these areas and expect possible delays. This work will not affect transit buses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Frank Sgambelluri, Senior Security Guard, at 343-8131 or

Free Yoga for All!

Student Health and Wellness, along with volunteer yoga instructor, Ameena Bacchus, invite you to attend free yoga sessions every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. all summer long. 

Sessions run in the Student Health and Wellness Activity Room (Prettie Residence Building).

These sessions are free and open to everyone (students, staff and faculty). Look forward to seeing you there!