Announcement of the 2012 FNIGC Scholarship Award

The First Nations Information Governance Centre Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Second Annual FNIGC Scholarship Award:

Ms. Christi-Ann Poulette, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation in Ontario and Ms. Johanna Sam a member of the Tl'Etinqox T'in First Nation in British Columbia were the successful applicants for this year’s award.

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) has offered this scholarship (bursary) opportunity for First Nation students who are pursuing a degree in the field of Epidemiology, Population Health, Statistics or Information Management Technology. Based upon available funding, the FNIGC will grant two (2) $1,000.00 Scholarships annually to aid students in their education endeavours in these specialized fields.

The FNIGC received numerous applications from across the Country from an exceptional field of candidates. The FNIGC Review Committee reviewed the applications and found it was a very difficult task as we received many well written essays and a demonstrated commitment of the candidates’ pursuit of their education goals.

Christi-Ann Poulette and Johanna Sam will each receive a $1,000.00 Scholarship Award.


Christi-Ann Poultette

is completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BScN) at Laurentian University and is currently working in her community as a nurse.

Christi-Ann has described in her essay entitled "The Benefits of Credible Data to a First Nations Community" that health care in a First Nations Community is influenced by the challenges an individual or population face in the administration of their provision of care. One challenge is the identification of health care needs specific to a community. As a community health nurse in a First Nation community, she is fully aware of the need for surveillance and collection of data (aggregate and descriptive) to help guide delivery of health programs. Surveillance and its findings can assist a community in preventing further disease and complications by providing the answers to the question of who, what, where, when and why. Surveillance directs nursing to focus on the trends that are occurring and aids in developing policy and procedures around program delivery to meet priorities.


Ms. Johanna Sam

is completing her Master of Science Degree at the University of British Columbia. She is a proud member of Tl’Etinqox T’in Government located in North Central British Columbia. Johanna has completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology (human development) with a minor First Nation studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She has started her first year of the Master of Science, Population and Public Health program with the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. Johanna’s research interests are to explore psychosocial differences in the relationships between adverse childhood experiences and ways in which both at-risk and mainstream youths’ access mental health services – especially mental health services that are being delivered or facilitated by new technology. The use of new technology could allow mental health providers to better meet both youth and community members' needs. Johanna’s passions involve new initiatives designed to enhance equity for socially marginalized populations, such as Indigenous people, youth, and women. Johanna said that "this award will support my educational journey and career goal of one day becoming a public health scientist."

Congratulations to you both!

The FNIGC Board of Directors wishes to thank all the applicants.