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Global Indigenous Leadership in Genomics Symposium

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  • SSHRC CG awarded 2024: Society, in the early twenty-first century, has been shaped by new knowledge of genomics, also known as the science of DNA, yet Indigenous peoples remain underrepresented in research and leadership roles in genome and other science, technology, math, and engineering fields. To address the problem of low recruitment, support, and matriculation of Indigenous science students, researchers across Canada and the US have been working with leaders in scientific and Indigenous Peoples' communities to create the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING). SING Canada is week-long residential program that invites Indigenous participants to engage in hands-on classroom, lab, and field training in genomic sciences and Indigenous knowledge. The curriculum includes an introduction to advances in Indigenous approaches to genomics and its ethical, environmental, economic, legal, and social (GE3LS) implications. We are equally interested in analyzing the political contexts and power relations shaping relationships between Indigenous peoples and genome science. SING Canada will host the Global Indigenous Leadership in Genomics Symposium, a gathering that will bring the wider SING Consortium together with local, national and international leaders of Indigenous-led genomics. The symposium's focus on Indigenous leadership crucially reframes Indigenous peoples as having the knowledge and expertise to govern the genome sciences and technologies affecting them. We go well beyond an inclusionary model toward a decolonial model of genomics. The event will include a feast, SING alumni activities, a public plenary session, professional development, networking opportunities, and culminate in a cabaret show that humorously treats scientific politics and life in the lab.

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    ©️TallBear-Dauphine, Kimberly. All rights reserved other than by permission. This document embargoed to those without UAlberta CCID until 2026