Conference InformationThe Canadian Region (.caISES) of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will be hosting the first national gathering of Indigenous STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students and professionals this winter at Mount Royal University. Maanomatapoyah: First Steps is an inaugural celebration of the contributions of Indigenous peoples to STEM and is intended to assemble individuals for a weekend of networking, peer-to-peer support and mentorship. The event is being  partially sponsored by the Aboriginal Science and Technology Education Program (ASTEP), part of MRU’s Iniskim Centre.

Tickets are $25/person

Travel scholarships will be available for students and made possible by our generous sponsors.

This event will bring AISES’ 40 years of Indigenous STEM learning and community-building experience to Canada. AISES provides networking, peer support and mentorship to Indigenous peoples in STEM at all levels of their educational and professional experience. Students are given opportunities to explore undergraduate and graduate opportunities, career pathways, engage with Indigenous STEM professionals, and network with scholarship granting organizations and corporations looking to hire. STEM professionals and corporations have the opportunity to meet bright, accomplished young Indigenous peoples looking to establish a career in STEM.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Evan Adams

Dr. Evan Adams is the Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, and a member of the Tla’amin (Silammon) First nation.  He is well known in the Indigenous community throughout Canada. He completed his medical degree at University of Calgary and has had a very accomplished medical career including being the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia. He’s also an actor, playwright, and producer, and many of you may have seen him in Smoke Signals as Thomas Builds-The-Fire.

Date & Location
February 23 - 25, 2018

Mount Royal University
Ross Glenn Hall
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB, Canada

Tickets are $25/person

Tentative Schedule
Friday, February 23, 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018 Sunday, February 25, 2018
5 - 6 p.m.: Registration Opens
6 - 9 p.m.: Opening Reception
                 (light refreshments)
8 - 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:30 - 10 a.m.: Opening Ceremony
10 a.m. - noon: Sessions
Noon: Lunch
1 - 5 p.m.: Sessions
5 - 6 p.m.: Break
6 - 9 p.m.: Dinner and Keynote Speaker
9 p.m.: Evening Activities
8:30 - 9 a.m.: Breakfast
9 - 11 a.m.: Closing Session
11 a.m. - noon: Closing Remarks
Noon: Event Ends
Is your organization interested in highlighting the great work you do to Indigenous STEM students and professionals?  Do you want to access Indigenous STEM students’ resumes? Is it important to you to make sure Indigenous STEM students can attend this event?

This is your opportunity to sponsor Maanomatapoyah: First Steps. For more information, please contact Deanna Burgart ( and John Desjarlais (


Conference Coordinator: Noah Arney (
Sponsorship Coordinators: Deanna Burgart ( & John Desjarlais (
Session Coordinators: Matthew Dunn (

On Campus

  • Rate: Nightly $54.50 (all taxes included) - Individual payment
  • All units are fully furnished including a single bed, each in a private room, full kitchen and living room with cable television. Each apartment is equipped with wireless internet. Four Bedroom units include two full washrooms,

    A number of units are held for this group, the cut off date is February 1, 2018. After this cut-off date, any held, but unreserved rooms will be released to the general public and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

    Registrants requiring accommodation should book directly with Residence Services.

Toll free: 1-866-264-7875    Phone: (404) 440-6275
Fax: (403) 440-6281        Email:

Please check out our website: for an online tour. We look forward to you staying with us!

Off Campus

  • Rate: Standard King, Non Smoking, $139/night based on single/double occupancy. Tripple/quad occupancy is an additional $20 per person per night
  • Guests must contact the Reservation Department directly at 1.844.719.8777 or 403.719. 8777 and provide the group name (.caISES Gathering) and dates of stay

    All reservations require a valid credit card for guarantee and charges. Deadline to book accommodation is January 23, 2018.


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