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Sahtu community initiatives support announced for 2017

Science lab equipment, a youth leadership forum and a healthy breakfast option for students are all Sahtu community initiatives receiving a total of $75,000 in support this year from Imperial’s Norman Wells Operation.

Ehtseo Ayha School, located in the Sahtu community of Deline, Northwest Territories, has received $20,000 in support of the Hands on Science Program, which will provide equipment and supplies to classrooms to help bring science to life for students and improve learning outcomes.   
Principal Patrick Phillips says the school is grateful for the grant, which will be used to support students from kindergarten to Grade 12. “Research shows that learning by doing helps students perform better in science,” he says. “Our themes will include renewable energy and physics and we will use equipment like K’nex, Lego and a 3D printer to better facilitate hands-on science activities.” 

Yamoga Land Corporation, based in Fort Good Hope, has also been granted $30,000 in support of the Sahtu Youth Leadership Program to facilitate a youth leadership workshop in Fort Good Hope. The workshop will bring together 100 youth from the five communities in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories with the goal to develop, demonstrate and celebrate leadership capacity and transferable skills. 

“Our youth will gain a greater understanding of ways to positively influence their communities through their own actions,” says Edwin Erutse, Yamoga Land Corporation President. “Participants will improve their self-confidence as well as their communication skills, financial management, strategic planning, technology and related competencies.” 

These two grants are being delivered through Imperial’s Norman Wells Partnering today, for tomorrow program, which seeks to identify opportunities to partner with Sahtu community organizations and initiatives on projects that will provide long-term benefits for Sahtu communities.

“Imperial is committed to supporting communities and education in the Sahtu region,” says Kevin Gant, Imperial’s Norman Wells Superintendent. “These innovative programs align with Imperial’s focus on STEM education - science, technology, engineering and math, as well as local leadership capacity building. Programs such as these are a natural extension to the support Imperial also provides through scholarships, education and other training programs in the region.”

In addition, a grant of $25,000 has also been awarded to the Sahtu Divisional Education Council (SDEC) in support of the Healthy Breakfast Program in all five schools in the Sahtu region. The funding is part of Imperial’s Norman Wells local community contributions program, which invests in projects and initiatives identified directly by local Sahtu community organizations.

“This generous donation from Imperial has allowed each school in the Sahtu region to offer a wider variety of breakfast options to their students,” says Wanda Quigg, SDEC School Programs Consultant. “Our schools are now able to provide a hot, nutritious breakfast more frequently which is a welcome benefit in light of the high cost of food supplies in the Sahtu.”   

For more information on Imperial’s community programs.