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Our Supporters 

Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation Program is the only program in Canada, exclusively for Indigenous high school students, that allows them to experience the excitement of doing science or engineering research. The Foundation covers all of their costs, tuition, air and ground transportation, accommodations, and meals.

We are able to deliver our program because of the support from our partners, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. 95% of our annual budget is spent on delivery of the program.


Our Partners 

The generous support of our partners allow us to deliver our programs to students across Canada. 

Memorial University logo.McGill University logo.       University of Ottawa logo. First Nations University of Canada logo.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University logo.Queen's University logo. University of Victoria logo. University of Calgary logo.

University of Alberta logo. The University of British Columbia logo. University of Manitoba logo. Dalhousie University logo.

           University of Saskatchewan logo.     Frontier School Division logo.

Our Sponsors

Since 2009 we have received support from the following organizations and individuals 

Over $100,000

University of Manitoba logo.  Dr. Ron Woznow and Susan O'Brien.     

TC Energy logo.


$25,000 to $100,000

Allan and Jean Ashmore.The Flanagan Foundation.The Fred and Karen Green Fund of the Vancouver Foundation.

The University of British Columbia faculty of forestry, science, and applied science logo. University of Calgary logo. Beverly Woznow.

MERCK logo.     University of Saskatchewan logo.  Government of Canada logo. 

Royal Bank of Canada Foundation logo. Power Corporation of Canada logo.  Government of Canada First Nations and Inuit Youth Employment Strategy (FNIYES) logo.SHAD Canada logo.NSERC PromoScience logo. Government of Canada Natural Resources Canada logo.



$10,000 to $24,000


TD Canada Trust logo.  University of Victoria logo. Jarislowsky Fraser Partners Foundation logo. Telus logo.

PotashCorp logo.  University of Alberta faculty of Engineering, Science, Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology logo. Anand Pandarinath.    Josie Sabo.

The Honourable Thomas Berger. University of Ottawa Dr. Catherine Mavriplis NSERC Chair for Woman in Science and Engineering logo.            Roche logo.               The Actuarial Foundation of Canada.  

adMare Bioinnovations logo.       CIBC logo.       Victoria Foundation logo.     Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba logo. 

     WISEST logo.

$5,000 to $9,999

Telus Victoria community board logo.     Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia logo.    BC Hydro logo.    Blakes logo.


   Stemcell Technologies logo.      


KEY SPONSORS

The Verna J. Kirkness Education Foundation logo

Increasing the number of First Nations, M├ętis, and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada. Charity Registration #822843629 RR 0001

Picture of student in a lab with a microscope behind them.

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Cochrane, AB T4C 1B6

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