Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (Indigenous STS) is an international research and teaching hub, housed at the University of Alberta, for the bourgeoning sub-field of Indigenous STS. Our mission is two-fold: 1) To build Indigenous scientific literacy by training graduate students, postdoctoral, and community fellows to grapple expertly with techno-scientific projects and topics that affect their territories, peoples, economies, and institutions; and 2) To produce research and public intellectual outputs with the goal to inform national, global, and Indigenous thought and policymaking related to science and technology. Indigenous STS is committed to building and supporting techno-scientific projects and ways of thinking that promote Indigenous self-determination.

Upcoming Events

  1. Anthropology, Genomics, and Whiteness

    September 26 @ 7:00 PM MDT



How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climate

By | 2017-06-22T23:54:40+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|

  To say that the history of scientists working in indigenous territories is fraught would be an understatement. Look through the literature and you'll find stories of researchers setting their own agendas, collecting and publishing data without consent, and failing to include community members as collaborators or coauthors on studies. “The dominant narrative is that indigenous [...]

CBC interview: How science and First Nations oral tradition are converging

By | 2017-06-22T23:54:40+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Media|

The long history of First Nations people isn't one that can be found in books. Instead, it is a rich documentation detailed throughout time — a collective enterprise carried on by tradition and culture. Oral tradition has often been discounted as just stories —  but science is proving that the facts behind those stories certainly shouldn't be [...]

Podcast: I Got Indian In My Family

By | 2017-07-10T21:57:22+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Categories: Media|

This week, we're trying something a little different: we team up with our friends at WNYC's Only Human podcast to find Tracy's roots. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, she always heard that her ancestors were, in her mother's words, "black, white and American Indian." But, like many black Americans, she's found it hard to [...]

Podcast: Sparks – The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

By | 2017-07-10T21:56:23+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Media|

In this episode of Sparks, FiveThirtyEight’s monthly science podcast that runs in the What’s The Point feed, the science team discusses DNA and genetic genealogy through the lens of Alondra Nelson’s book “The Social Life of DNA: Race, reparations, and reconciliation after the genome.” Nelson examines the experiences of African-American “root-seekers,” who explore their [...]