Wawatay is designed to increase Indigenous student success at graduating with a science degree.

Wawatay is dedicated to increasing Indigenous student success at graduating with a science degree.  Working in direct collaboration with Indigenous communities, Wawatay opens the doors of Science to high potential Indigenous students regardless of preparation.  A rich environment of research, social, academic, and personal supports underpin Wawatay.  Wawatay features a fully funded six week experience on campus the summer prior to the start of University. Wawatay combines classical scientific approaches with Indigenous ways of seeing, knowing, learning and doing to graduate scientists with unique capabilities to forge a new future for themselves and their communities.

Community-Focused Research

Wawatay takes a holistic and immersive approach. There’s a strong emphasis on research from the very beginning. Also, the program infuses an appreciation of Indigenous approaches while increasing each student’s scientific proficiency. The program offers academic and personal support. True to its name, Wawatay sheds light, which goes beyond individuals and into their home communities. Through community-focused research, creates opportunities and potentially strengthens health and economies.