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Panel: Who owns biodiversity genetic data?

Panellists: Kim TallBear (Associate Professor, University of Alberta), Aroha Mead (Chair Emeritus IUCN CEESP), Peter Dearden (Professor, University of Otago), Tammy Steeves (Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury)



Decolonizing science and technology

Dr Kim TallBear, University of Alberta
Indigenous peoples are usually at the receiving end of the scientific gaze. Biomedical and policy interventions aimed at indigenous populations have often been structured by colonial world views. This talk highlights indigenous resistance to colonial research, and both researchers and indigenous peoples’ efforts to transform scientific research, technology development and training in order to increase the benefit of technoscience for indigenous peoples. It also highlights indigenous governance of and through technoscience.


Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (Indigenous STS) is an international research and teaching hub, housed at the University of Alberta, for the bourgeoning sub-field of Indigenous STS. Our mission is two-fold: 1) To build Indigenous scientific literacy by training graduate students, postdoctoral, and community fellows to grapple expertly with techno-scientific projects and topics that affect their territories, peoples, economies, and institutions; and 2) To produce research and public intellectual outputs with the goal to inform national, global, and Indigenous thought and policymaking related to science and technology. Indigenous STS is committed to building and supporting techno-scientific projects and ways of thinking that promote Indigenous self-determination.

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