Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada)

/Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada)
Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada)2018-04-21T03:58:07+00:00

The Summer Internship for INdigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada) is an initiative associated with the Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (Indigenous STS) Research and Training Program led by Dr. Kim TallBear at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies. Designed in consultation with SING USA and SING Aotearoa, this week-long, all expenses paid residential program invites Indigenous participants to engage in hands-on classroom, lab, and field training in genomic sciences. Participants can include undergraduate and graduate students as well as community members. They will be introduced to leading advances in and decolonial approaches to genomics, bioinformatics, and the ethical, environmental, economic, legal, and social (GE3LS) implications of those sciences. Participants will gain awareness of the uses, misuses, opportunities, and limitations of genomics as a tool for Indigenous peoples’ self-governance. The goal of SING Canada is to build Indigenous capacity in scientific literacy by training undergraduate and graduate students in addition to Indigenous community members who are currently university students to grapple expertly with techno-scientific projects and topics that affect their territories, peoples, economies, and institutions. SING Canada is distinguished by its dedication to critical Indigenous theory and an emphasis on discussing the local and global political, legal, biological, and Indigenous contexts where the workshops take place.

Slide show with snapshots from the Summer 2017 SING program held at the University of Arizona.

Mission:

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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