Who can participate?
The programme is open to First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples wanting to understand better the opportunities and challenges associated with genomic research as well as critical technical, cultural and ethical issues.
We encourage applications from University students in any discipline as well as people with a strong cultural, community or business background. An understanding of genetics is beneficial but not necessary for attendance in this programme.
How much does it cost?
Because of the generous support of our key sponsors, Genome Canada and the Silent Genomes Project, we are able to provide up to 15 fully funded internships. All costs, including travel from across Canada, meals and accommodation, are fully covered.
Genomics is the study of genomes, the complete set of genes or DNA belonging to an individual or group. It is a powerful and rapidly advancing field of research that can be used to learn about health, history, and the environment.
Genomic research has the potential to bring benefits to Indigenous people and communities but also has the potential to cause harm. Despite the importance of genomics for Indigenous people and communities, Indigenous people are currently underrepresented in this field. SING aims to develop and support the next generation of Indigenous researchers and professionals to ensure that future genomic research is ethical and inclusive.
Genomics may be of interest to people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. healthcare, research, conservation) and has many applications (e.g. medicine, ancestry testing, provenancing of human remains, biodiversity and conservation).
What’s the benefit?
We hope that attending SING will develop participants’ confidence in the scientific and ethical issues relating to genomic research that concerns Indigenous people and communities and empower them to move the field of Indigenous genomics in a positive direction. We also aim to develop a community of scholars and professionals who can continue to support each other and the goals of SING.