IndigeSTEAM STEM Outreach Leadership Dialogue and Mentors Retreat

As of September 30, 2018, the Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta reports that of it’s total membership base of 76,400 members only 323 self-declared Aboriginal (0.42% of total membership). This is both geoscientists and engineers, men and women. For other STEM professions, no data is available. Inclusion seeks to remove barriers for all towards greater success in STEAM. The future of STEM and STEAM transcends gender, race, abilities, and personality. The future of STEM needs diversity to solve the world’s greatest challenges.


The question around how to better engage Indigenous peoples in STEM careers is ever evolving. The 2015 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have accelerated the conversation and catalyzed incredible new innovative approaches to Indigenous inclusion. Through inclusion and the incorporation of Indigenous wisdom and teachings, IndigeSTEAM engages participants in a way that transcends race, gender and abilities and breaks down barriers for underrepresented groups.


Over the course of this powerful interactive workshop, participants will be invited to examine their own cognitive diversity and learn how their lens shapes their interactions with others.  Participants will work together in a space cultivated free from blame, shame or judgement, and will be invited to learn and examine unconscious bias, microinequities, barriers to success for Indigenous peoples and other underrepresented demographics.  Participants will leave with tangible ways to be part of the solution.


Tentative Outline:

If you or your organization would like to lead lead a topic, please contact us at [email protected] to discuss partnership opportunities.  

  • Elder’s blessing

  • Introduction to inclusion; unconscious bias, microinequities, and cross-cultural communication

  • Brief history of Indigenous peoples in Canada including an introduction to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and UNDRIP

  • Discussion on existing barriers for Indigenous Peoples STEM

  • Discussion on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and current systems in STEM

  • Overview of successful STEM communication strategies

  • Overview of definitions and benefits of Indigenization and Decolonization of curricula

  • Discussion on Indigenous Community Research and Partnerships

  • Community outreach and community leader connections; how to engage and things to avoid

  • Participants will discuss how can we all move forward in STEM outreach with Indigenous youth

  • A position paper will be drafted with all participants listed as contributors: Strategies for Indigenous Community and Youth Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Outreach

  • Suggest a topic

Hotel Information: 

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB

Reserve by mentioning you are attending IndigeSTEAM Retreat and you will get the same amazing rates for up to 3 days prior and/or post our event.  

 Rates and room availability guaranteed to MARCH 11, 2019. Code for booking is IndigeSTEAM

Single: $253 CDN/night 
Double: $267 CDN/night                                        
Additional person: $30 CDN/night                            

Phone: (403) 762-2211
Toll Free (Room Reservations only): 1-833-762-6866 

Email: [email protected]

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