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Space Strategy for Canada

Canada's newest astronauts

Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons are the two newest Canadian astronaut recruits! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Honourable Navdeep Bains introduced them in Ottawa during celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Delivering the Vision – Canada's Space Strategy (continued)

2 Inspire the next generation of Canadians
to reach for the stars

Space has a unique ability to inspire Canadians – across all genders, cultures and communities – in the pursuit of science, discovery and technological advancement. A steady pipeline of highly qualified personnel is also critical to creating and growing leading companies to sustain Canada's position in the global space market. Our youth need to be empowered to establish and pursue their goals and understand that opportunities in space exploration and STEM are open to all. That is why the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) continues to partner with organizations across the country to reach thousands of kids each year to spread the message that STEM matters, building national pride in the achievements of our astronauts and Canadian technologies, while branding Canada globally as a nation of innovators. The CSA will also seek additional opportunities for student involvement in different aspects of CSA-initiated space projects, from design to operation. In addition, the CSA will:

  1. Launch a national contest to recruit Canada's "junior astronauts": The Junior Astronauts initiative will reach young Canadians right across the country and help make the exciting opportunities of a career in space and STEM a reality through a diverse array of content and activities. The initiative will teach youth what it will take to be an astronaut through activities focused on scientific understanding, physical fitness, teamwork and communication. Top participants from across Canada will be invited to the CSA's headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec, to train with real astronauts and learn about the scientific, physical and leadership qualities they will need to develop for a future mission to the Moon.

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