After dog DNA debacle, Indigenous researcher says ancestry testing is ‘stupid science’

By |2018-06-20T21:38:05+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Kim TallBear, Media|

Even in a credible DNA lab, there are problems using tests to determine Indigenous affiliation, Kim TallBear says. (Courtesy Kim TallBear)


By |2018-06-06T10:20:09+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Kim TallBear, Media|

With the rise in consumer DNA tests and online genealogy, people might soon have a pretty good idea where their families came from for generations. But are we putting too much faith in DNA? Can our genetic ancestry really tell us anything about ourselves? And what happens when DNA databases become playgrounds for true [...]

Ep. 117: What will Canada buying Trans Mountain mean for Indigenous peoples?

By |2018-06-20T22:37:52+00:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Kim TallBear, Media, MEDIA INDIGENA|

Bitumen Buyer Beware? The Canadian government has just announced it will buy the beleaguered Trans Mountain pipeline project. Will their gamble pay off? And who loses if it doesn’t? * Trump-aganda! When it comes to a recent boast that Americans "tamed a continent," is POTUS 45 honestly all that brutal compared to other presidents—or just the most brutally honest? Two minutes for stereotyping: a non-native booster of the pro hockey team in Winnipeg finds himself on thin ice after referring to the deplorable conditions of some native people as "a terrible stain" on the city. Joining host Rick Harp 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.


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