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From: Friday, March 20, 2015 2:45 PM -0600
Subject:GGEC Students Attend FSIN Science Fair and Place 3rd!
Written by Sylvia Nagy
Originally published in the Indigenous Times:

Have you ever wondered how paper airplanes fly? Have you ever wondered what the best material is for cleaning up an oil spill? Have you ever wondered which mascara really can give you, thicker, fuller, longer lashes? If you have, you are not alone. These questions and more were also on the minds of students gathered at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon on March 16th and 17th.
The occasion was the 7th annual FSIN Science Fair. Eighty-seven students from Grades 6 to 12 representing 26 First Nation schools from across Saskatchewan gathered at the Youth Science Canada sanctioned event.
Submissions to the Science Fair fall into categories of Life Science, Physical Science and Earth/Space Science. But what sets this Science Fair apart and makes it particularly exciting is the fourth category: Traditional Knowledge. This category is a unique combination of Traditional knowledge and western science that gives students an opportunity to consult with elders and add a uniquely indigenous perspective to their projects.
Gary Sibley, FSIN Science and Math Consultant, who has been planning this event for the past 6 years has seen growth and development in the students and in the depth of the projects. The interest in the Fair continues to grow.
Sierra Jacko, a Grade 7 student from Waterhen Lake, is a second-year veteran of the Fair. “It is fun and interesting. Every project is unique.”
Sheraine Morningchild who studied rat root uses and properties enthused, “I got to learn a lot about my own culture.”
Celebrity judge Michael Linklater, former captain of the U of S Husky's Basketball team, had this to say about the event, “I feel that it is important to have Science Fairs and events for First Nations students. It gives them an opportunity to meet others, to see peer exhibits, to venture to another area and last but not least is the education piece." Linklater also delivered an encouraging keynote address during opening ceremonies. He told students not to become discouraged in the face of obstacles because every obstacle can be overcome with hard work and determination. He also stressed how remaining alcohol and drug free has contributed to his success.
Twenty-one judges were tasked with evaluating the projects. After a nerve-wracking day of judging students were treated to a banquet and entertainment by the band "Constant Reminder". "Constant Reminder” is a talented group of musicians from James Smith F.N. They ably performed cover songs by the Beatles, CCR and Rolling Stones and included original material as well.
Tuesday morning the Science Fair was open to the public and the participants had the opportunity to share their projects with students from Saskatoon Public schools.
At last the moment all were waiting for: the awarding of the prizes!  Thirty-one prizes were awarded in all. Two top prize winners go on to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair held in Fredericton, New Brunswick in May. Top honours went to two groups from Clearwater River Dene FN: “The Proof is in the Prints” a project by Junior Team Mitchel Lemaigre and Latayah Lemaigre and “Water Quality” by Intermediates Eden Fontaine and Sinay Kennedy .
And so projects were packed up and students headed home, many already wondering ‘Does eye colour affect vision?’ ‘What is the best method for making butter?  Stayed tuned, we’ll probably find out next year.
Autumn Longman (gr. 7), Tiara Pelletier (gr. 8), Austin Bird-Morris (gr. 7), Demetrius McNab (gr. 8)