SING Canada is part of the SING Consortium, which includes member organizations from the United States, Mexico, Aotearoa, and Australia. In May 2024, SING Canada will host the Global Indigenous Leadership in Genomics Symposium, a gathering that will bring the SING Consortium together with local, national and international leaders of Indigenous-led genomics. Through a developing partnership with the Musqueam Nation, this multi-day event, will be held at the University of British Columbia. The symposium’s focus on Indigenous leadership crucially reframes Indigenous peoples as having the knowledge and expertise to govern the genome sciences and technologies affecting them. We go well beyond an inclusionary model toward a decolonial model of genomics. The event will include a feast at the UBC Longhouse, SING alumni activities, a public plenary session, professional development, and networking opportunities. It will culminate in a Sexy Science Tipi Confessions Production, a cabaret show that humorously treats scientific politics and life in the lab. The SING Consortium is the collective leading voice in Indigenous-led genomics, bioinformatics, data sovereignty, and decolonial/Indigenous ethics globally.
We expect to open registration in mid to late November, 2023. Please watch our social media feeds for more information about the symposium.