Indigenous strategy

Partners in outreach

Schulich and its partners are encouraging Indigenous students to consider careers in engineering. We host the Power to Choose summer camp for Indigenous youth. The sponsor of this program is the Alberta Women's Science Network. We also partner with Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc., Indspire, and the Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology. We visit Indigenous learning communities around Alberta to promote engineering. We host special Indigenous student events on campus. And, we liaise with the campus Native Centre to support student success.

ii' taa'poh'to'p

"A place to rejuvenate and re-energize during a journey," ii' taa'poh'to'p is the University of Calgary's guide to truth and reconciliation.


Deanna Burgart

Meet Deanna Burgart, Indigeneer

Deanna Burgart joined the Schulich School of Engineering as part of a one-year appointment: our first Indigenous Engineer in Residence. Since then, she has a special appointment in the faculty to bring Indigenous perspectives to the curriculum and culture at Schulich.

She is president of Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc. and co-founder of IndigeSTEAM, a non-profit youth initiative that connects Indigenous professionals, post-secondary students and youth in the spirit of mentoring and collaboration.


Indigenous student success

Engineering Student Center

Our Engineering Student Centre provides Indigenous student support. We help with successful navigation of university systems. A dedicated employee supports Indigenous student course selection, registration and more. 

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Engineering Academic Support Centre

Indigenous students are also supported through our Engineering Academic Success Centre. There, students have one-on-one help developing their academic skills.

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Writing Symbols Lodge

Writing Symbols Lodge staff are dedicated to enriching the quality of the student experience and supporting student success.

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Indigenous ways of being and knowing can transform the engineering profession to a way that is more interconnected with the land, more sustainable and more harmonious with people who are stewards of the land.

Deanna Burgart

Special faculty appointment, Schulich School of Engineering