Indigeneering: The Future of Engineering Education

This was a live virtual workshop, hosted by the CDEI on 2020-05-27. Watch a trimmed recording below and download slide handouts here.

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Virtual Workshop
May 27, 2020
10 AM PT, 11 MT, 12 PM CT, 1 ET

As more Indigenous perspectives are sought, the importance of creating an ethical space to do this is imperative. Deanna Burgart is an Indigenous engineer committed to helping bridge gaps for all in a safe space. Deanna will invite participants to explore how we can bring Indigenous perspectives to the engineering education landscape in an ethical space of cultural safety that protects the integrity of Indigenous worldviews. Participants will leave feeling empowered to listen, learn, and grow.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing
  2. Examine Cultural Appropriation and Commodification of Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  3. Learn about Indigenous self-determination with regards to knowledge and data protection

Workshop Facilitator


Deanna Burgart, P.Eng, CET, both an engineer and technologist, began her career in 1998 as a technician analyzing oil sands in a Calgary laboratory. She brings over 20 years of experience and education in energy and pipelines and is passionate about global energy transitions, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She helps STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused organizations move forward in increasing inclusion of Indigenous people, knowledge and perspectives. She has recently joined the University of Calgary, Schulich School of Engineering, as a Senior Instructor in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the first Teaching Chair focused on Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Engineering.

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