About Niijii Indigenous Mentorship:

Founded in 2009 by the University of Ottawa, AMP was created in response to visits by graduate students in the Let’s Talk Science Outreach Program to rural and remote communities in northern Ontario. The volunteers were troubled by the lack of resources available to the students and schools they were visiting. It was from this realization, that the Aboriginal Mentorship Program was created.

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Our Purpose:

The purpose of the Aboriginal Mentorship Program, (AMP), is to increase Indigenous elementary and high school students' interest in a wide variety of educational subject areas and to present students with future career opportunities in a safe and supportive environment; while ultimately enabling and encouraging students to come to the university campus to provide further educational opportunities, and to build their confidence in a post-secondary setting. 

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Benefits AMP students gain from being in the program:

A major hurdle for many Aboriginal students in obtaining their high school diploma is the successful completion of mandatory science course requirements. The goal of AMP is not to make every student a scientist, but to increase the students’ interest in science and school by connecting them with student mentors from Lakehead University.  By creating a one-on-one connection with a real working scientist, the AMP program strives to provide each student with the encouragement, confidence, and resources needed to succeed in an academic environment. The addition of a career counselling and healthy lifestyles component allows Indigenous youth to not only see their educational and career pathways more clearly, but also promotes healthy fundamental life skills they can carry with them throughout their lives.

The Aboriginal Mentorship Program gives high school students the opportunity to gain valuable university experience by hosting many events on campus, which lets the students become familiar with the campus and the faculty, and ultimately feel more comfortable once they begin their schooling at Lakehead. AMP students get the opportunity to visit working science labs and conduct experiments on campus, and then produce their own Research Project for the annual Research Project Fair held on campus. The AMP students gain valuable presenting experience about a topic they are passionate about. 

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