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New papers chronicle the creation, application, and implementation of the First Nations principles of OCAP™

Anyone who’s ever browsed FNIGC’s website before has likely come across the term “OCAP™” -- four little letters that mean a lot. They stand for ownership, control, access and possession and collectively represent a set of principles that lay out how data about First Nation people and communities are collected, protected and managed.

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Making a case for OCAP™ in health-care research

The December 2013 issue of Canadian Nurse Magazine features an Op-Ed by FNIGC Operations Manager Gail Mc Donald explaining why the First Nations principles of OCAP™ should be seriously considered by anyone conducting First Nations health research. Titled “A vision for principled research,” the article gives an overview of health-research in First Nations communities, traces the history of OCAP™ and makes a convincing case for the use of OCAP™ by all health researchers in Canada.

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