18 students from Wikwemikong High School in Ontario made history when they competed at the world’s FIRST Robotics Competition as the first all-Indigenous school team to make it to the world stage. Not only did they make history simply by advancing to the competition, the team was also a finalist for the Chairman’s Award, one of the most prestigious categories of awards. CaptainMary Pangowish was also the recipient of the Dean’s List Award.
Chris Mara, a teacher from the high school who established the robotics club, says, “I’m really proud of the students’ accomplishments. It’s great to have First Nations students competing at that level. It’s great to see them stranding toe-to-toe with the best of the best in the world.” Wikwemikong High School’s robotics team also conducts outreach to other Indigenous schools to inspire a greater interest in science, technology, engineering and math among Indigenous students. Aaryn Zoccole, another student from the team, hopes the Wikwemikong team, “Can be a group of Indigenous people who believe in other Indigenous peoples,” and inspire change. Congratulations Wikwemikong High School!