National Indigenous History Month

Date: June 23, 2021 12:00 pm (ET)


  • Michael Charles
    PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • Siobhan Dooley
    Control and Automation Engineer, Mining and Metals, Hatch
  • Dominique Pablito
    Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University
  • Dr. Vincent E. Ziffle
    Assistant Professor of Chemistry , The First Nations University of Canada

Return to the CIC Talks home

National Indigenous History Month Edition

Sponsored by:

PromoChrom Technologies Ltd. – Sample preparation solutions for trace analysis
Using innovative technology to deliver efficient, compact, and versatile Solid Phase Extraction systems for environmental, food, pharmaceutical, forensic, and fuel applications. Fully automated for PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, PCBs, Pesticides, PAHs, mycotoxins, food additives, drugs, metabolites, antibodies, and more.

First Nations University of Canada: FNUniv is a unique Canadian institution that specializes in Indigenous knowledge, providing post-secondary education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike within a culturally supportive environment.

Join us on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at noon for CIC Talks Careers: National Indigenous History Month Edition to connect with inspiring Indigenous chemical sciences and chemical engineering professionals. This free employment workshop allows participants to receive valuable career advice from skillful professionals who are committed to helping the next generation of leaders achieve all their career goals – particularly Indigenous community members and any other individuals who require further support to further develop their careers within the STEM fields both in Canada and abroad.

What to expect?

  • Obtain valuable professional development tips from seasoned chemical sciences professionals to help you successfully navigate the Canadian and international job market.
  • Connect and meet some accomplished Indigenous chemical sciences professionals and engineers working in Canada and abroad.
  • Enjoy a free career mentorship opportunity for young professionals designed to help you learn about multiple career paths within the chemical sciences and engineering fields.

Audience: This event is specifically designed for chemical engineers, chemists, and all other chemical sciences professionals and students of all backgrounds and experience levels who are looking to obtain more guidance and direction to get their careers started.


Michael Charles

Michael Charles
PhD Candidate, Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Michael Charles is Diné, a citizen of the Navajo Nation in the Southwest United States and a current Chemical Engineering Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow focusing on sustainable process design and exploring how the inclusion of ecology can expand the boundaries of traditional engineering. Michael has also worked at the UN Climate Negotiations for the past 3 years focusing on indigenous issues and working with the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate Change. Recently, he led the first US indigenous youth delegation to these negotiations in Madrid, Spain with youth-led organization SustainUS. Although his interests and advocacy transcend many disciplines and labels, most of his work is focused in increasing indigenous representation in climate activism, politics, and higher education in the pursuit of justice and collective liberation.


Siobhan Dooley

Siobhan Dooley
Control and Automation Engineer, Mining and Metals, Hatch

Siobhan Dooley is a Controls & Automation Engineer, working with Hatch since graduating from Queen’s University with a Chemical Engineering degree in 2012. She is a member of St. Theresa Point First Nation, an Anishininew reserve in the Treaty 5 region in Northern Manitoba, and grew up in the Treaty 3 region in Sioux Lookout, ON. Since beginning with Hatch in 2012, she has worked on various projects at mining surface facilities such as mills and smelters in Sudbury, ON. She moved to St. John’s, NL at the end of 2016 to join the Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion project and has been leading the Underground Automation team on-site in Northern Labrador since October 2018.


Dominique Pablito

Dominique Pablito
PhD Candidate, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University

Dominique is a part of the Zuni, Navajo, and Comanche tribes. She grew up on the Cherokee, Zuni, and Navajo reservations. She speaks Zuni, Navajo, English, and French. Dominique started college at the age of 15 and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. During her undergrad, she completed two research internships at Harvard University.

She is currently a Ph.D. student at Brown University in the Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry Department. Her goals are to open research labs on Native American reservations to increase STEM exposure among indigenous youth. She also aspires to obtain a medical degree after her Ph.D. so that she can serve indigenous communities in rural areas.


Vincent Ziffle

Dr. Vincent E. Ziffle
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, The First Nations University of Canada

Vincent Ziffle is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the First Nations University of Canada, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His research interests include Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Science, uses and chemistry of Medicinal Plants of the prairies of southern Saskatchewan, organic chemistry of plant secondary metabolites, and food chemistry. Dr. Ziffle has developed CHEM 101: Chemistry of Food and Cooking, which incorporates food chemistry and Indigenous Food Traditions, and uniquely has a food lab component where students are able to eat their experiments and learn from Traditional Knowledge keepers about Indigenous Food pathways, sovereignty and sustainability. He is also a promoter of all things STEM and is a proponent of STEAM – capital “A” for arts, design and Indigenous Culture – via Let’s Talk Science and FNUniv’s Indigenous Outreach team of student mentors and educators.


Event Resources:

Download the program catalogue and view pages 30 & 31 to learn more about the post-secondary chemical sciences program offerings aimed at Indigenous and non-Indigenous students available at the First Nations University of Canada.