Indigenous Perspectives in Chemistry and Physics

A Virtual Professional Development Opportunity

Explore Indigenous knowledge systems in chemistry and physics!
Join this professional development to learn about Indigenous contributions, culturally responsive teaching strategies, and advice from an expert panel!


When: August 8th, 15th, 22nd
Where: Virtual - Zoom
Who's Invited: All Educators 
  • Anyone who is interested in broadening their understanding in creating space for Indigenous perspectives in chemistry and physics

Cost: Free
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  • Receive resources with each session that supplement the discussions and could be used in your classroom.
  • Get a chance to network with like-minded educators.
  • Each session can be attended on its own but the most learning will come from attending all 3 sessions!
  • Experience a discussion with our expert panel that include scientists, educators, and an Elder!
  • Gain unique insights and strategies that help make chemistry and physics more welcoming.
  • Join us in the comfort of your own home.
  • Be entered into a Prize Draw and get a Certificate if you attend all 3 sessions.




Session One

Introduction to Knowledge Systems
Thursday August 8th - 5:00pm CST (Saskatchewan Time) - 1.5hours

4:00pm PDT (Vancouver); 5:00pm MDT (Edmonton); 6:00pm CDT (Winnipeg); 7:00pm EDT (Montreal); 7:00pm EDT (Toronto)

Discover how to enrich your physics and chemistry classroom by incorporating diverse knowledge systems. You'll explore inspring examples of researchers who have integrated Indigenous knowledge with mainstream science education and learn innovative approaches to create more inclusive and holistic learning environments. 


Session Two

Session Two Etuaptmumk in Your Classroom
Thursday August 15th - 5:00pm CST (Saskatchewan Time) - 1.5hours

4:00pm PDT (Vancouver); 5:00pm MDT (Edmonton); 6:00pm CDT (Winnipeg); 7:00pm EDT (Montreal); 7:00pm EDT (Toronto)

Dive into a learning journey looking at culturally responsive teaching strategies of Indigenous perspectives in chemistry and physics! Build upon knowledge of knowledge systems from our previous session as you connect with peers in dynamic discussions. Explore examples of how to teach chemistry and physics in culturally meaningful ways. Valuable resources will be provided to enrich your learning journey!


Session Three

Panel Discussion with Experts
Thursday August 22th - 5:00pm CST (Saskatchewan Time) - 2hours

4:00pm PDT (Vancouver); 5:00pm MDT (Edmonton); 6:00pm CDT (Winnipeg); 7:00pm EDT (Montreal); 7:00pm EDT (Toronto)

Join us for a panel discussion featuring experts from various scientific and educational fields! These distinguished guests will dive into the diverse realms of Indigenous perspectives in chemistry and physics, spanning into scientific research, educational environments, and community settings. Our panel of five experts will engage in insightful reflections and address questions from participants. Grab a coffee, sit back, and immerse yourself in a dynamic learning experience with our panel! 

Meet Your Panel

Get ready to meet our experts up close before our engaging session! We're thrilled to gain wisdom and insights from these experts, discovering how we can apply their knowledge in our classrooms. Join us as we come to an end in our learning journey in August with an enriching and enlightening experience!


Elder Jeanette Bugler

Elder - Red Pheasant First Nation

Elder Jeanette Bugler

Jeanette Bugler comes from Red Pheasant in the territory of Eagle Hills. Raised by way of ancestral teaching, pipe ways an Elder once told her. She brings the the aura in the ways of the Indigenous perspectives, the unique wisdom of nature and it’s laws.

Highly skilled in her field as a traditional knowledge keeper she brings forth her skills at a higher sequence. She walks with the moccasins of the past and brings that knowledge to many organizations. She currently is a Cree language teacher/Elder Land Based educator with living sky school Division, also a Elder for Battelford Tribes Chiefs, Elder for Red pheasant Band.  She is rooted in the laws of the original instructions that are the curriculum of the indigenous people, languages, land base and sciences.


Tina Rioux

High School Educator - Saskatoon, SK

Tina Rioux

Tina Rioux was born and raised in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. After obtaining her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, she has held a variety of roles both provincially and locally.

Tina is currently a teacher with Saskatoon Public Schools and finishing her 27th year of teaching. Tina teaches high school science and is passionate about making science accessible to all students. As one of the facilitators for the Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive Learning Community for her school division, Tina is actively working to dismantle harmful practices within our educational systems. Tina is also advising on a provincial sub-committee called the Racialized Teacher Committee. This sub-committee is part of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation’s Inclusion, Diversity and Human Rights Advisory Committee. In this sub-committee, racialized teachers examine policies related to practices within the province. As a second-generation immigrant from China, Tina weaves in her personal experiences of racism and oppression to connect with both teachers and students who have similarly been marginalized in Canada.

Tina Rioux has been partnered with the CLS since 2010, supervising high school students competing in the Students on the Beamlines competitions. This extra-curricular club served highly academic students from various backgrounds. Currently, Tina is working with the CLS to centre Indigenous ways of knowing in the field of science, and help Indigenous students see themselves and the role they could play in this field.  


Corey Gray

Physicist - Siksika Nation 

Corey Gray

Corey Gray is Scottish & Blackfoot and a member of the Siksika Nation of Alberta, Canada. He grew up in southern California and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Cal Poly Humboldt. After undergrad, he was hired by Caltech to work for the astronomy project, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory) at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Washington State. At LIGO, Corey has worked on teams to both build and operate gravitational wave detectors since 1998.

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) made historic news in 2016 by announcing the FIRST direct detection of gravitational waves, which helped prove a prediction made 100 years earlier by Albert Einstein! This also garnered the founders of LIGO the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2017. The LSC, which Corey is a member of, was also awarded the 2016 Sprecial Breakthrough Prize. The LIGO, Virgo, & KAGRA collaborations are currently up to a total of 90 gravitational wave detections (and will more than double this number after Observing Run #4)!

Corey enjoys & appreciates the importance of science communication. Over the years he has given keynotes, plenary talks, public colloquia and a TEDx talk. He especially loves to share the science of Einstein with Indigenous youth and other underrepresented groups. Corey is currently serving as a juror for the National Academy of Science’s “Awards for Excellence in Science Communication”. Corey is proud to be Indigenous. He recruited Sharon Yellowfly (his mom) to translate LIGO scientific documents into the Blackfoot language. In his free time, Corey likes to backpack, travel, salsa dance, cross country ski, go to pow wows, share science with the public, and kayak (with a wooden kayak he built).


Janice Osecap

Indigenous Science Catalyst Teacher - Moosomin First Nation

Janice Osecap

Janice Osecap is Cree woman that was born and raised in her home community of Moosomin First Nation in Central Saskatchewan, Canada. The cultural influence in her upbringing has been her strongest guiding asset as indigenous woman participating in the world of science. She has found multiple cultural connections to science on her journey to become an Educator that has fueled her interest to pursue it as a focus of teaching. She is committed introducing Science in non-intimidating ways and highlighting that she, like many other FN, come from a long line of Scientists. 

Janice obtained her B.Ed through the ITEP Program at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education. She has undergone mentorship opportunities and participated in Science Outreach Programs at different capacities. With always having the intention to return to her home community to teach Science, Janice currently works as a Science Catalyst at the Moosomin First Nation School.

Kori Czuy

Indigenous Science Education Consultant - Treaty 8 Peace River

Kori Czuy

Kori Czuy, ᒥᐦᑯᐱᐦᐁᓯᐤ, was born in Treaty 8 by the banks of the Peace River. She is an Indigenous Science Education Consultant, focusing on bringing together multiple ways of knowing, being, and doing science. Kori is on an ongoing journey to reconnect with and learn from the knowings of the land, as well as helping others connect with the complexities of these knowings alongside Global science.

Her PhD is in storying mathematics; through her research she worked with children and Treaty 7 Elders to explore the depth of mathematics within Indigenous stories.