First Light Initiative

First Light Initiative

First Light Initiative is a project founded by Rob Cardinal, astrophysicist and member of the Siksika First Nations, formerly Senior Systems Designer at Spectrum Optix Inc. and currently scientist with Siksika Board of Education.  The fundamental vision of the First Light Initiative is that Aboriginal youth of all ages are exposed to telescopes, astronomy, and the wonders that fill the sky, invigorating their desire to learn, and to engage and explore with science and technology, while also learning their cultural traditions and Indigenous knowledge about the sky. The Initiative seeks to promote and enhance the education of thoughtful, inspired, and engaged youth who can create and innovate for the preservation, advancement, and health of their community.


First Light is a non-profit organization working with private, corporate and government donors to raise operating revenue and in-kind contributions. Funds are being used to directly advocate for and contribute to the donation and installation of telescopes and related support to Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Nations communities. Already positively impacting communities in Alberta, Canada, the First Light Initiative has Canada wide and international ambitions to advance educational success rates. 


Read Rob's amazing story and journey here and here.

Thank you to our Partners, Camp Partners, and Supporters 2018

Continuing Education
Cumming School of Medicine
Schulich School of Engineering
Faculty of Science


Diversity and Inclusion

Grant 2017-2018


                                             Canada Summer Jobs

 Office of Indigenous Engagement

Camp Presenters and Gift in Kind Sponsors 2018

University of Calgary