Indigenous Peoples and Genomics: Starting a Conversation

This project will hold sharing circle focus groups about a new medical test called genomic sequencing. It is a powerful way to test for many medical conditions, but it sometimes doesn't work as well for many ethnic groups, including Indigenous Peoples. We hope to learn some opinions, concerns, and values Indigenous Peoples may have about this issue and possible solutions.

If you are an Indigenous adult (self-identified First Nations, Inuit, or Métis), you are invited to participate. Participants will receive an honorarium of $40 for the first 2-hour sharing circle and $30 for a 1-hour follow-up sharing circle, in partial recognition of the time spent on this project. Food will be provided!

For more information on this study, please see the project summary here and the consent form here.

We are holding a sharing circle at UBC on Wed Nov 1 from 12-2pm. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

If you have any questions or would like to participate, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Patricia Birch, at 604-875-2000 ext. 5622, or by email:

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

Friedman Lab
Box 153, 4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1