IndigeSTEAM STEM Outreach Leadership Dialogue and Mentors Retreat

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IndigeSTEAM STEM Outreach Leadership Dialogue and Mentors Retreat

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, April 12, 2019 - 16:00

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1J4

Integrating Modern Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with Indigenous Wisdom to Co-Create an Innovative Future for All


The question around how to better engage Indigenous youth into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a question that is being asked across the globe. Further inquiries are being made into equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM. The 2015 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have accelerated the conversation and catalyzed incredible new innovative approaches to Indigenous youth STEM outreach. STEAM – with the A standing for Arts; humanities, social innovation, creativity and fun. Incorporating art and creativity into STEM outreach will lead to more successful outcomes for all youth.

Through inclusion and the incorporation of Indigenous wisdom and teachings, we can engage youth in a way that transcends race, gender and abilities and breaks down barriers for all underrepresented groups. Over the course of this powerful interactive two-day retreat, participants will be invited to examine their own cognitive diversity, and learn how their lens shapes their interactions with others. The workshop will delve into the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, discuss Aboriginal and Treaty Rights and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and Calls to Action. 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. We will discuss Intersectionality and gender diversity, and put it in the context of both legislation and day

The Leadership Retreat will be in working group/collaborative format, with facilitators and leaders leading session topics and participants having a chance to work together and collaborate on solutions to the topics. Each topic will then become a section in our position paper which will be available open source with all participants as contributors and sponsors recognized. We are welcoming session topics that are important to you and your organization and would also welcome volunteers to lead/facilitate those topics. 


We thank you for your interest and hope you will join us.   


Lunch included both days


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Incredible Room Rates have been negotiated with the Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel.  See here for booking information.  Registration for the Dialogue/Retreat does not include hotel.  


Tentative Outline:

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

  • Elder’s blessing
  • Introduction to inclusion; unconscious bias, micro-inequities, 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

Thank you to our Retreat and Dialogue Sponsors