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.
On May 6th and 7th, the SING Consortium will host a SING Alumni Workshop, bringing together past participants of all five SING programs. The workshop and symposium will be a great opportunity for you to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, share your work and research and learn about advancements in genomic research.
On May 8th and 9th, the Global Indigenous Leadership in Genomics Symposium will take place. 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. All alumni will be invited to the symposium, along with expert speakers, . The conference will be open to anyone interested in Indigenous Genomics research.
The week of events will include a feast, SING alumni activities, public plenary sessions, 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.
Applications from past participants of SING Canada are now being accepted. If you have participated in another global SING program, please get in touch with your local SING group for more information. General registration will open in January 2024. Please watch our social media feeds for more information about the symposium.