Tia Larocque-Graham – Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Tia Larocque – Graham is a proud nehiyaw iskwew from Waterhen Lake First Nation in Treaty Six territory. She currently resides in Saskatoon SK, and works for SIIT’s pawâcikêwikamik: The Innovation Collective. A cree translation for “the lodge to support those who dream”, the project aims to create pathways for the next wave of Indigenous changemakers through a variety of initiatives designed to reduce barriers, offer education and mentorship opportunities, and provide access to the infrastructure needed to grow a thriving Indigenous economy. The first Indigenous Accelerator of its kind in Saskatchewan.
With a focus on creating a sense of safety, building capacity, promoting culture, and increasing access to technology, Tia encourages Indigenous learners of all ages to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship. As an Indigenous woman in innovation and technology, Tia’s passion is increasing representation and giving people the confidence to show up in spaces that weren’t previously accessible to them. From teaching students to make Ribbon skirts, youth in community to create VR experiences that promote culture, or elders in community to fly drones, Tia aims to utilize to technology to Indigenize the tech space by using new ways to enhance old traditions.
In her spare time, Tia enjoys chasing after her 4 year old son Koen, and challenging herself to learn new things. Her latest endeavor finds her in Turtle Islands first Indigenous led Virtual Production micro-credential through IM4 Media Labs and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.