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Indigenous Genomics Institute ®

Genomics research has a broad span, including human health, ecology, agriculture, horticulture, climate change monitoring and more. There is a clear need for indigenous peoples to be able to better engage in this type of science

Accelerated interest of Māori in land use and development has prompted discussions of commercialisation, the role of kaitiaki (guardians) and benefits to whānau, hapū and iwi.  The increasing use of clinical genomics that influences the biological ‘story’ of indigenous peoples should be guided by them.

The Indigenous Genomics Institute (Aotearoa) is intended to provide an indigenous led place for indigenous peoples. It will have the cultural integrity required to uphold  the rights and interests of indigenous peoples while working with genomics research.

Initiated and supported by GFANZ, the Institute would engage closely with, but be independent of, other entities. We will ensure a co-design approach with indigenous communities and those whom have an interest in supporting this indigenous led strategy.  

 If you would like to participate in this project, please contact us.

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Lisa Warbrick's talk "Māori Participation in Genomics Research" from the 9th Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference 2020.