Indigenous Pathfinders in AI

Delivered in partnership with Indspire, Indigenous Pathfinders in AI is a career pathway program designed to inspire Indigenous talent to learn, develop and lead the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), shaping a future marked by their contributions.

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The field of AI is advancing at an unprecedented pace, shaping the future of diverse industries and influencing global socio-economic landscapes. As this transformative technology continues to evolve, it is imperative that Indigenous voices, perspectives, knowledges and talent actively contribute to its development.

Indigenous Pathfinders in AI is an enriching summer program designed to offer participants a unique opportunity to explore the world of AI. Through a series of workshops, activities and collaborative projects, participants delve deeper into the subject through an experience that emphasizes Indigenous approaches, perspectives and communities.

Running from late May to mid-August, it offers a flexible mix of in-person and virtual experiences, designed to fit a wide variety of schedules.

The program is delivered in partnership with Indspire.

Who Should Attend

The program is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at the undergraduate or graduate level, as well as those who have recently completed their studies at a post-secondary institution.

Applicants should have a keen interest in learning about the AI space, including both technical and non-technical components. Basic knowledge of AI, relevant skills and experience are an asset.  

The application process for the 2024 cohort is now closed, and will reopen in January 2025.

Each participant receives a stipend for taking part in the program. 

Program Highlights

Over the course of the summer, participants will engage and learn through a variety of workshops and hands-on experiences covering a wide range of AI-related topics, including technical aspects and fields adjacent to AI. 

The program's project-based design allows students to conceptualize community projects, rooted in the development of AI solutions for Indigenous and real-world community challenges.

Learning Objectives

Indigenous Pathfinders in AI emphasizes a holistic approach, focusing on four key learning objectives:

  • Understand the foundations of machine learning;
  • Explore AI-related topics and career paths;
  • Develop project management skills through real-world applications of AI for Indigenous communities;
  • Engage in meaningful conversations about the convergence of Indigenous knowledges and AI technologies.

The program takes a "learn from each other" approach, acting as a platform for mutually beneficial knowledge exchange between AI specialists and Indigenous talent.

Guest speakers will include Mike DeGagné (Indspire), Yoshua Bengio, Michael Running Wolf, Elissa Strome (CIFAR), Blake Richards, David Rolnick, and many more!

Program Structure

In-person at Mila

Orientation and AI Bootcamp: May 29-June 28
Reflection week: August 12-16


Interlude 1: July 1-12 (dedicated to project advancement)
Virtual Sprint: July 15-26 (final learning material online)
Interlude 2: July 29-August 9 (dedicated to project advancement)

Image caption: Tatanka Leads the Way with Honour and Respect by Lakota artist Kim Soo Goodtrack, 2024.

atanka Leads the Way with Honour and Respect by Lakota artist Kim Soo Goodtrack, 2024.


Do I get paid for taking part in the Pathfinders program?

Yes! Each participant receives a $5,800 stipend for taking part in the program. 

I'm not from Montréal, but I'd like to participate. Is there any assistance for travel and accommodation?

Yes. While each situation is evaluated individually, we don't want travel and accommodation costs to be a barrier to your participation. Please contact for more details.

When will I know if I've been accepted into the program?

All participants will be notified of their participation in the program by April 15, 2024. 

I graduated three years ago, can I still participate in the program?

If you have any questions about what is meant by "recent graduates", please contact to discuss your situation.


If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact our team. 

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