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.

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.

We’d like you to participate! By completing this form, you can express your interest in receiving more information about the event or indicate your interest in contributing. This includes attending the event, panels, and presentations; opportunities for employers looking to hire students; as well as sponsorship for events and student travel.

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
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Evan Adams
Information coming soon. Call for Presenters
We are currently seeking presenters on various topics.  To express your interest, please complete this form.  We’re seeking individuals with knowledge of any of the following, or topics they feel would be of interest to young Indigenous STEM students and professionals.  These can be personal stories, research presentations, corporate informational sessions or whatever else best suits your topic of interest.

Career pathways (workplace or graduate school)

  • Examples:
    • Resume workshop
    • Interview skills workshop
    • Applying for scholarships workshop
    • Transitioning to graduate school or your first career

Community engaged research and professional practice

  • Examples:
    • Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in STEM research
    • Creating mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities
    • How to work with First Nation governments

Indigenous culture in post-secondary and the workplace

  • Examples:
    • Incorporating Indigenous content in STEM curriculum
    • Staying culturally grounded as a student or professional
    • Panel discussion on racial/identity issues in the workplace
    • Successful corporate inclusion strategies 

Increasing Indigenous Peoples representation in STEM

  • Examples:
    • STEM outreach for K-12: Ideas for giving back
    • Panel discussion on student access and supports
    • Improving student engagement
    • How to set up an AISES chapter

Or anything else!

We’re also looking for students who want to present their research either through a 15 minute presentation or through a poster presentation.

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: Jamie Ricci ( & 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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