FNIGC 2016 National Student Bursary

The Board of Directors of the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) are pleased to announce a great opportunity for First Nations post - secondary students.

FNIGC will grant two $2,500 bursaries and free registration to FNIGC’s online OCAP® course to First Nations college or university students enrolled in these specialized fields of study: Epidemiology, Population Health, Biostatistics, or Information and Data Management Technology. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

FNIGC is a First Nations organization mandated to serve the information, research and training needs of First Nations people and communities. FNIGC conducts unique data-gathering initiatives, such as the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) and First Nations Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (REEES) and soon a national survey process called the First Nations Regional Employment Labour Survey.

These surveys provide an abundance of information, research, training, data collection, analysis and dissemination services to First Nations at the community, regional and national levels. The surveys also allow us to build culturally relevant portraits of the lives of First Nations people and the communities they live in. FNIGC recognizes that quality information - information that is collected by First Nations people for First Nations people - has the power to change lives by influencing knowledge based decision-making and inspiring effective policy and programs for all First Nation communities.

Download the FNIGC 2016 Bursary Application Form [PDF]: fnigc_2016_bursary_application.pdf



Who can apply for the Bursary?

Any First Nations citizen or member who is pursuing a post-secondary degree in the field of Epidemiology, Population Health, Biostatistics or Information and Data Management Technology. Proof of First Nation Status (Federal issued status card) will be required and must be attached to this application.

What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline is September 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Applications can be submitted via email, mail, fax, or courier.

Eligible First Nations students must complete an application (see below) that includes two essays (minimum 400 words each) on the list of topics below.

1. Please describe what the term “Power of Data” means to you and provide examples of how Data has influenced positive change in your First Nation community.

2. Please discuss research ethics and how the First Nations principles of OCAP® apply. Provide concrete examples.

3. Please discuss why you would be a good candidate to receive the FNIGC Bursary.

4. The First Nations Principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP®) are foundational to the work undertaken at the FNIGC. Please discuss how OCAP® will apply to the work that you will pursue in your planned professional career.

5. The term “Knowledge Translation” and “Knowledge Dissemination” are popular terms used as products of research. Please discuss and provide how these terms can benefit First Nations and access to information.

Essays must be in a format compatible with Microsoft Word, double-spaced and on 8 1/2” by 11” format.

All fields on the application form must be completed and attachments provided in order for applications to be accepted. Incomplete applications and missing information will not be considered.

Bursary winners will be announced by October 31, 2016 and posted on the FNIGC website: www.FNIGC.ca.

Applications are subject to verification for eligibility.

By submitting an application, the winner consents to the use of his/her name and address (City/First Nation only) and photograph in any related FNIGC publicity.

All applications must be submitted and be received on September 30, 2016 by 4:00 p.m. EST


Applications should be to be sent to the attention of:

Ms. Lorraine Cheechoo, Administrative Assistant

The First Nations Information Governance Centre
170 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 904
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V5
1-613-733-1916, ext. 135 or 1-866-997-6248, Fax: 613-231-7072
Email: lcheechoo@fnigc.ca