Engineers and engineering work intersect with Indigenous people and Indigenous communities (First Nation, Métis, and Inuit) in many ways. As a starting point, it is important to acknowledge the impact engineering has on Indigenous peoples and communities, from coast to coast to coast. Whether in the context of resource development, infrastructure creation and maintenance on and off reserves, technological applications of engineering design, and beyond. Engineering needs to incorporate Indigenous ways of being and ways of knowing to create more positive solutions for Indigenous communities seeking economic independence, clean drinking water, and sustainable development opportunities on their lands.
Indigenous Advisory Committee
Engineers Canada is fortunate to work with an inspiring group of Indigenous engineers from across the country. The Indigenous Advisory Committee provides guidance to Engineers Canada on our strategy, programs, and sponsorship related to reconciliation in engineering. Learn about the members and their charges here.
Canadian Indigenous Advisory Council
In September 2017, Engineers Canada supported the creation of the Canadian Indigenous Advisory Council (CIAC) to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), which also supports Canadian Indigenous students. In order to help AISES decision-making serve Canadian members more fully, CIAC provides guidance to AISES and supported the establishment of AISES in Canada. Engineers Canada supports the annual AISES in Canada National Gatherings, which have built a strong network of Indigenous STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students and professionals. Find out more here.