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Walking in Both Worlds: Indigenous Peoples in Tech

Whitemud Crossing


Learn more about Indigenous peoples who are working in the tech field in and around Edmonton. 

You will also have a chance to explore some apps and software that they, and others, have created; so bring your device and download them right away.This includes apps such as the Maskwacis Cree language app, Thunderbird Strike and Singuistics as well as desktop games such as When Rivers Were Trails."

Doors open at 6:30pm. Event begins at 7:00pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Moderator: Jed Johns, Indigenous advocate, former staffer to National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Member of Sucker Creek First Nation

Dr. Paul Gareau

Dr. Paul Gareau
Dr. Paul Gareau is Métis and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the academic lead for the Indigenous Canada Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). His research focuses on the Métis, Indigenous religiosity, youth, gender, la francophonie, and rural Canada.

Jessica Kolopenuk

Jessica Kolopenuk
Jessica Kolopenuk (Cree, Peguis First Nation) is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Her doctoral project is a study of how, in Canada, genomic knowledge is impacting what the definition of Indigenous means in the fields of forensic science, biomedical research, and physical anthropology. Over the past two years she has been co-developing the Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training Program(Indigenous STS), which aims to support scientific literacy and capacity among Indigenous peoples. Additionally, Jessica is a co-lead for the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada). In 2018, she was awarded the Canadian Science Policy Centre’s Award of Excellence.

Chris White

Chris White
Christopher White is a Métis filmmaker and game developer who has worked with Indigenous communities across the province on educational and cultural video projects. He is also the Program Director at the Indigenous Digital Literacy Society, bringing digital learning to classroom and communities.

Brian Lightning

Brian Lightning from the Samson Cree Nation is a fluent Cree speaker with a strong cultural base who helped develop the Maskwacis Cree language app as well as the Maskosis Goes to School app.

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