Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The IPinCH Project, based at SFU, is hosting a half-day public symposium on DNA and Indigeneity

The IPinCH Project, based at SFU, is hosting a half-day public symposium on DNA and Indigeneity
The event will explore the changing role of genetics in Indigenous rights, tribal belonging, and repatriation, and will feature presentations by archaeologists, anthropologists, bioethicists, geneticists, and representatives from Indigenous organizations. The full program can be found below and the event poster is attached.

The symposium is free and will be held in downtown Vancouver at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus. More information and ticket reservations can be found here:

DNA and Indigeneity:  The Changing Role of Genetics in Indigenous Rights, Tribal Belonging, and Repatriation

Public Symposium

SFU Harbour Centre
October 22, 2015

12:30 pm- 12:35 pm: Symposium Welcome
• George Nicholas, Professor, Simon Fraser University, IPinCH Director

12:35 pm- 12:45 pm: Goals and Directions— Overview of Symposium and Workshop • Conference Planning Committee (George Nicholas, Daryl Pullman, Alan Goodman, Dorothy Lippert, and Alexa Walker)

12:45- 2:00 pm: Constructing Biogenetic Identities—What are the Limitations?
• Armand Minthorn, Religious Leader and Board of Trustees Member, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation • Deborah Bolnick, Professor, University of Texas at Austin • Alan Goodman, Professor, Hampshire College

2:00- 2:30 pm: Break

2:30- 3:45 pm: Biogenetics, Justice, and the Repatriation of Human Remains • Daryl Pullman, Professor, Memorial University • Dorothy Lippert, Office of Repatriation, Smithsonian Institution • Cressida Fforde, Director, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University

3:45- 5:00 pm Genetic Research with Indigenous Communities: Current Challenges and Future Directions • Kim TallBear, Associate Professor, University of Alberta • Rosalina James, Assistant Professor, University of Washington • Ripan Malhi, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5:00- 5:30: Discussion