Evan Tlesla II Adams, a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, in British Columbia, Canada, will serve as keynote speaker at the AISES National Conference.

4 Reasons to Attend the 2016 AISES National Conference


The 2016 American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference is coming up on November 10-12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the website, there will be some 1,800 attendees and 200 exhibitors. Keynote speaker Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, in British Columbia, Canada. He stars in the Emmy-winning TV movie “Lost in the Barrens” and its nominated sequel “Curse of the Viking Grave.” He won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, as well as a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance.

But he doesn’t just have a career in the arts, Adams is an alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. He has also finished three years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia. He has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and he is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.

If hearing Adams speak isn’t reason enough to convince you, here are three more reasons to attend the AISES National Conference:

Top Native STEM Talent

AISES hosts the largest career fair in Indian country, which attracts STEM—science, technology, engineering, math—students from more than 150 colleges and professionals from more than 150 corporations and government agencies. “This mix encourages mentoring and sharing that is unparalleled at other events,” reads the AISES website.

Indigenous Culture

Native cultures are incorporated throughout the conference. Blessings are offered as well as insights and wisdom from a Native perspective. “Our Council of Elders helps remind us where we came from and of our responsibility to the generations to follow,” reads the website.

Help Prepare the Next Generation of STEM Leadership

STEM research is showcased allowing research perspectives to be identified that can be useful to attending companies.

For more information on attending the 2016 AISES National Conference, visit the website.

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