Dr. Kim TallBear from University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair for Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment discusses innovate ideas to advance science and technology opportunities and careers for Indigenous communities.
THIS WEEK // Survey says: We opine on a poll asking Canadians what they think should be done regarding Indigenous peoples. Statistically insignificant: The auditor general does a number on the federal government's glaring gaps in data for First Nations reserves. Doggone DNA: Think you can trust those genetic tests that tell you how 'Indian' you are? Guess you missed that recent story of a lab that verified the tribal ancestry of a chihuahua! Joining Rick Harp at the roundtable once again are Candis Callison, associate professor at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism, and Kim TallBear, associate professor of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. // Our theme is 'nesting' by birocratic.
Even in a credible DNA lab, there are problems using tests to determine Indigenous affiliation, Kim TallBear says. (Courtesy Kim TallBear)
Can a DNA test actually tell you anything about your heritage? And why some ancestries -- like Indigenous and Metis -- are especially hard to tease out.