Ella Grimstead and Rim Rhdaiffi of Chisasibi are big winners after their science project won first place for Grade 5 at the 18th annual Quebec Aboriginal Science Fair at UQAT in Val d’Or March 20 to 22, 2018.
Their project, "Les pas sur la neige", also won the special recognition award for Culture and Heritage.
It’s the first time in recent history that CSB students have won first prize at the provincial competition.
Other big winners were Anne Marie Wash and Amera Sam of Chisasibi who won second place for Grade 6, Storm Saganash of Eastmain who received second place for Sec. II/III, and Julianne Mark of Eastmain, awarded third place for Sec. IV/V.
This was also the first time the Quebec Aboriginal Science Fair was held at a university. The fair is held annually through a partnership with the Quebec Aboriginal Science and Engineering Association. This year about 90 students in Grades 5 through Sec. V from approximately 20 Aboriginal communities took part.
Jetsun Dekhang-Duchesne of Chisasibi won second prize for sixth grade; Corey Sutherland of Waswanipi won second prize in Sec. II/III, and Sayge Cheezo and Yoshtin Blackned of Mistissini were recognized for their project on the environment while Kimberly Wapachee-McDougall and Gavin Coon also received special recognition in 2017.
The provincial fair was held in Mistissini in 2016.
Congratulations to all students who competed provincially, regionally and locally, from all of us at the Cree School Board!