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NAC student named Inuk ambassador to Canadian Science Fair

Mary-Lou Angidlik, a NAC student in Cambridge Bay, was appointed the first Inuk Ambassador to the Canada-Wide Science Fair — the country’s largest youth science competition. More than 400 students from over 100 regions in Canada gathered at the fair, held this year in Regina.

A previous attendee in 2007 and 2011, she’s already demonstrated her love of science by studying Arctic plant medicine, which won her an agricultural prize. She also completed a well-received project titled: "Diabetes: A Northern Study of a Silent Killer."

According to a report by CBC, the director of the fair, Julia McDevitt, was ‘super ecstatic’ to have her apply because they rarely get applications from the North. Originally from Rankin Inlet, Angidlik now lives in Cambridge Bay.

Although Angidlik said she was a bit nervous when she first entered the large exhibit hall, she soon very welcomed by her colleagues who were very interested in Nunavut. She encourages other youth interested in science to apply to be an ambassador.

Angidlik is currently completing a Social Work program at the College, and will be drawing on her exciting experience as an ambassador for her practicum.

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