Youth Initiatives

TSAG facilitates hands-on learning activities, training, presentations, and job internships for First Nations youth across Alberta to promote careers in science and technology.

Programs in this area:

  • Environmental Youth Camp
  • Skills Link
  • Water Communication Strategy
    • Water Awareness Field Days
    • Interactive Classroom Presentations
    • Annual Water Poster and Multimedia Contest

Environmental Youth Camp

Each summer, TSAG offers a week-long camp for students in grades 9-12 in the Rocky Mountains near Nordegg, AB. The camp focuses on environmental science and stewardship through hands-on learning as well as an active, healthy lifestyle through outdoor adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, and rafting. It is a great opportunity to meet like-minded First Nation students from across the province and to explore careers science and technology!

Past environmental youth camp topics:

  • Environmental health
  • Wildlife and plant biology
  • Species at risk and protection
  • Water treatment and stewardship
  • Land use and mapping and traditional knowledge
  • Environmental monitoring

Option to Earn High School Credits

The camp curriculum now meets Alberta Education’s Career and Technology Studies (CTS) program requirements. High school students will be eligible to apply for two CTS credits upon completion of camp activities and learning exercises based on the modules: ENS 1040: Living with the Environment; and WLD 1010: Introduction to Wildlife.

The 2016 Envrionmental Youth Camp will be taking place on August 7-12, 2016. We are now accepting applications! click here for more information.

Skills Link

With support from AANDC’s First Nations and Inuit and Youth Employment Strategy, TSAG provides both Information and Communication Technology (ICT) salary subsidies and technical training opportunities for First Nations youth aged 15-30 years old who are presently unemployed or under-employed.

Internship Position Examples:

  • I.T. support
  • Graphic design
  • Business administration
  • Data collection and management

Past Worshops and Training:

  • Introduction to computer administration
  • Intermediate GIS I and II
  • GIS for wildlife monitoring and management

Water Communication Strategy

The focus of the Water Communication Strategy programs is to raise awareness about water protection and conservation and to promote careers in water health and management through hands-on field days, interactive classroom presentations, and creative arts and multimedia.

Youth Programs in this Area

Water Awareness Field Day (5.0 hours)

Students in grades 8-12 participate in hands-on water monitoring activities such as site drawings, water testing, and invertebrate (bug) sampling and identification at a local water body to develop skills in scientific data collection, management, and analysis and to generate awareness about careers in environmental science and water management. This field day can also be modified (approx. 1.5-2 hours) to suit indoor classroom needs.

Each summer, TSAG partners with the Aboriginal Junior Forest Rangers (AJFR) program to deliver comprehensive two-day training on water monitoring and stream assessment.

Option to earn high school credits

The field day can be paired with an accompanying Career and Technology Studies (CTS) course module: ENS 1040 Living with the Environment. The module activities, which are designed for either learning at your own pace or for classroom style learning, focus on principles of water health. Students must complete 22-25 hours to earn 1 high school credit.

Interactive classroom presentations (0.5-1.0 hours)

Students in grades 4-12 learn about water in their community through hands-on demonstrations in the classroom. Presentations include an introduction to watersheds and water health using models, chemistry, and insects to get students thinking about threats to drinking water quality and the importance of water protection, treatment, and conservation.

Annual Water Poster and Multimedia Contest

This is an opportunity for students to get creative while thinking about conserving and protecting water, one of our most valuable resources. Each year, First Nation students in grades 4-12 submit their artwork for a chance to win great prizes. The theme of the poster changes yearly to keep students thinking about different aspects of water in our world.

In 2014, we added a multimedia category to encourage students to express themselves through song, video, digital or hand-drawn artwork, and photography or photo collage (Instagram).

2015 Water Poster and Multimedia Contest Winners

Poster: Grades 4-6

Poster: Grades 7-12

Poster: Honorable Mention


Click here to view past winners

For information about TSAG’s Youth Initiatives, please contact Emily Skinner at 780.483.8601 or