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The challenge of being Indigenous in the sciences – Northern Ontario Business

Laurentian University engineering student speaks on how to get more Indigenous people into STEM programs and executive offices

A student at Laurentian University in Sudbury – currently the only Indigenous woman in the engineering degree program – is on a mission to get more First Nations people to the sciences and boardroom tables.

Kaella Earle said schools, businesses and government are making improvements, but there are many systemic problems blocking Indigenous people from pursuing professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and executive positions.

Heading into her fourth year of studies, the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory member from Manitoulin Island is also working as a district engineering tech intern at Union Gas, now Enbridge.

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