Are you an Indigenous youth with a passion for STEAM?  We have a place for you at SHAD! Attend the program, learn new skills, gain new confidence and take those skills back to your community. Bursaries exist for students with demonstrated financial need, ensuring that the cost of the program should never be the reason that a student does not apply. 


We at SHAD recognize that leadership and intellectual curiosity can be shown in many ways. SHAD is not just for the most vocal student leaders or those with the highest average; we’re looking for change makers – youth who want to embrace their Uncommon Purpose to bring about real, positive change.


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SHAD Fellow, Actor and advocate for Indigenous Community





SHAD Fellow from Gjoa Haven, Nunavut



"When I left home in Nunavut, snow and ice covered the tundra and there was 24 hour daylight. I had the time of my life at SHAD traveling for days and half way around the country from my isolated hometown to meet a community of students intent on changing the world.  The biggest thing that struck me is just how supportive and welcoming each and every SHAD is. It’s the same type of hospitality one receives in my tiny community Gjoa Haven, north of the Arctic Circle so I couldn’t have felt more at home."






The Verna J. Kirkness Science & Engineering Education Program


SHAD is proud to partner with the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program by providing a full scholarship to an Indigenous student to attend SHAD.


The Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program addresses the under-representation of First Nations, Metis and Inuit students at Canadian Universities by offering scholarships to Indigenous grade 11 students to spend a week at a Canadian university interacting with scientists.


Are you a Minerva BC student?


SHAD is proud to partner with Minerva BC by offering a full SHAD scholarship to a Grade 11 Indigenous student from Minerva’s Learning to Lead program. Learning to Lead is an annual weekend program that allows girls the opportunity to discover self, develop confidence and explore their leadership potential. 


"SHAD is committed to creating opportunities for youth that are accessible, inclusive, and culturally-relevant...The rewards this program offers extend far beyond the four weeks of programming. SHAD opens doors for participants, introducing new places, mentors, friendships, and perhaps most significantly, new visions for the future. Supporting the leadership development of our youth creates ripples, impacting entire communities. One of our alumnae described her experience with SHAD as 'life-changing.' We are grateful to partner with SHAD to offer this life-changing opportunity to more of our alumnae."



Minerva BC


SHAD Fellow and citizen of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band

Sarah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. 


“I believe the focus at SHAD providing opportunities for indigenous girls and boys to attend the program is tremendously important because of what it did for me…..Growing up, I wasn’t aware of any engineers or scientists locally who were female and I certainly wasn’t aware of any Indigenous women who had chosen careers in those areas.”


SHAD Fellow from Cree Nation & Minerva Learning to Lead student


She hopes to be a civil rights lawyer.

When she found out she was accepted into SHAD for SHAD 2017 she said, “I was shocked. I didn’t believe it. I told my Mom and she dropped the phone where she was reading the e-mail. She was so proud of me.”


Yesenia was selected through Minerva’s Learning to Lead Program and received a SHAD bursary to help her attend the program:


"[Donors] may not even realize the impact they are having.  Maybe you’re investing money in the next Prime Minister or the next surgeon who will save your life. This is life changing."


Hear more about Yesenia's SHAD experience




“Through my success at SHAD and how I got in, it’s so important to show other First Nations kids that they can do it too.”



SHAD Fellow from Cree Nation


SHAD Fellow 2017  from St. Mary’s First Nations, NB


“I used to underestimate myself…SHAD has definitely fueled my fire….My dream and goal is to be successful in whatever field I go into and then share it with my community and become a role model for kids here.”


Hear more of Chloe's story in this video where she thanks donors for making scholarships available:



“Our school is an isolated, northern Aboriginal school and opportunities to meet with and work with students of like interests are not readily available. At SHAD, our students were able to build their self-confidence and felt like they belonged. The chance to see new places and have new experiences was invaluable. It was also an opportunity for the other SHAD participants to interact with a First Nations person and to learn from them.”



Former principal – Hector Thiboutot Community School