Genomics may be a tool of interest to Indigenous peoples’ communities. However, Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in occupations and careers incorporating 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, which prevents proper relay of cultural values and concerns that developed as a result of difficult histories of Indigenous peoples’ encounters with science. 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.
International SING Sites
Established in 2018, and run by Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society (Indigenous STS) at the University of Alberta
Since 2016, and focusing on Maori populations and Indigenous species of Aotearoa New Zealand.
A recent addition, the SING Australia workshop had its inaugural year in 2019.