SING Canada

SING Canada is associated with the Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training Program (Indigenous STS) at the University of Alberta.

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SING Aotearoa

The SING Aotearoa programme is designed to develop Indigenous understanding of genomics alongside some of the best researchers in New Zealand and the world.

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SING Australia

Key goals of SING Australia include capacity-building for Indigenous people and facilitating expression of Indigenous voices and perspectives on genomic research.

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SING USA was the first site beginning in 2011. Since then, SING USA has hosted workshops at multiple universities around the United States to include as many diverse tribal nations’ perspectives.

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Our Goal

Genomics may be a tool of interest to Indigenous communities. However, Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in occupations and careers related to genomics and the sciences, in general. According to estimates from the Census Bureau, Indigenous peoples hold at least 5x fewer occupations involving science and engineering relative to their total population in the United States. Furthermore, there is a lack of Indigenous peoples in advisory roles to the scientific community. This prevents proper relay of cultural values and concerns that developed as a result of difficult histories of Indigenous peoples’ encounters with scientists. This lack of leadership also leaves few individuals who can explain the uses and limitations of scientific research to Indigenous peoples’ communities that are considering participating in a scientific project.  To address this problem, we are working with leaders in scientific and Indigenous peoples’ communities to create the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) Workshop. 

SING USA 2019 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.