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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

The Flanagan Foundation.The Actuarial Foundation of Canada.The Fred and Karen Green Fund of the Vancouver Foundation.

 University of Calgary logo.

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

Royal Bank of Canada Foundation logo. Power Corporation of Canada logo. SHAD Canada logo.NSERC PromoScience logo.Roche logo.Government of Canada Natural Resources Canada logo.

$10,000 to $24,000

TD Canada Trust logo.  Telus logo.

University of Victoria logo. Jarislowsky Fraser Partners Foundation logo.University of Alberta faculty of Engineering, Science, Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology logo.

PotashCorp logo.WISEST logo.

The Honourable
Thomas Berger & Bev Berger  

         Stemcell Technologies logo.Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba logo.adMare Bioinnovations logo.     


    Beverly Woznow.Anand Pandarinath.Josie Sabo.Victoria Foundation logo.University of Ottawa Dr. Catherine Mavriplis NSERC Chair for Woman in Science and Engineering logo.

$5,000 to $9,999

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



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To increase the number of Indigenous students graduating from pure and applied science, engineering, and mathematics programs in Canada. Charity Registration #822843629 RR 0001

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

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 47092
Calgary RPO Creekside, AB, T3P 0B9

Toll-Free: 1-888-647-1701

Office: (587) 814-0444

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