Fundamentals of OCAP®

Welcome to Fundamentals of OCAP®, FNIGC’s first online training program

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to introduce the “Fundamentals of OCAP®”, a new online training course developed in partnership with Algonquin College.

This comprehensive overview of the First Nations principles of OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) is a result of the requests we have received in recent years from First Nations, students, researchers, academics, federal officials and other interested individuals – nationally and internationally who are looking to gain a better understanding of OCAP® and how it pertains to principled research, data sovereignty, and information governance that respects First Nations.

We value your feedback and recommendations for this and future training programs to be developed by the FNIGC, so please let us know if there is any way we might improve this course. Contact Jerry Lanouette at jlanouette@fnigc.ca.


The cost for the course is $249.00 plus GST/HST and can be paid online by credit card.

To begin your exploration of OCAP® principles and practices, click on the “Register Now” link to the right.  For group registrations of 10 or more please contact Jerry Lanouette by e-mail jlanouette@fnigc.ca or by telephone at 1-866-997-6248.

Once you have registered on-line and payment has been received you will get a confirmation of payment and your name will be sent to Algonquin College who will then issue you a user name and password to login to the Algonquin Blackboard Learning System.

Please note:  Course registrations are done on a monthly intake with the cut off time at end of day on the 15th of each month.  The next intake for the course will follow to the next month again on the next 15th of the month.

The Fundamentals of OCAP®

Through the On-Line course you will learn through “The Fundamentals of OCAP®” an eLearning course that consists of a Course Introduction, seven Learning Modules, a Pre-test Review, and a 10-question Final Test.

We recommend that you go through the modules in the order presented.  However, if you wish to jump ahead to a topic of particular interest or to go back to review something you’ve already seen, you are completely free to do so.  You will be prompted to save your work as required.

Instructions on how to move through the course and use its resources are provided in the Course Introduction.  If this is your first visit, that’s the best place to start.

The Modules are broken down as follows:

Course Introduction;
The Introduction explains course objectives and demonstrates program features and resources. 

Module 1: What is OCAP®?
Module 1 introduces OCAP®’s foundation principles, highlights OCAP®’s benefits, and explains the FNIGC’s role in supporting OCAP®.

Module 2: Community Harm
Module 2 explores the kinds of harm that may result from the use or misuse of First Nations information.

Module 3: OCAP® And First Nations Jurisdiction
Module 3 explains how First Nations' inherent rights and jurisdiction applies to information and research. 

Module 4: Use of OCAP® in First Nations 
Module 4 demonstrates how OCAP® can support First Nations communities as they develop their own models and practices of data governance.

Module 5: Barriers and Levers to OCAP®
Module 5 identifies potential barriers to implementing the OCAP® approach to data management and introduces “levers” that can be used to support its adoption.

Module 6: Implementing OCAP® at the Community Level
Module 6 clarifies key OCAP® terms and definitions and describes activities that can be undertaken by First Nations communities to implement OCAP® principles.

Module 7: The Future of OCAP®
Module 7 looks ahead to the development of criteria that can be used to verify that projects comply fully with OCAP® principles.

Pre-Test Review
The Pre-Test Review brings together the Key Points Summaries from all of the Learning Modules. As Final Test questions are based on the key points, this is a good place to do a quick review before taking the test.

Final Test
Ten True or False questions drawn from a pool of 20 questions test your understanding of key points presented throughout the course. Get at least 8 of them right and you will earn a Statement of Achievement confirming that you have completed the course successfully. 

If you fall a bit short on your first try, simply try the test again. Each Module should take on average 40 minutes to complete and there are 7 Learning Modules.  The total time should take you about 6 hours to complete the course. You will have a generous 3 months to complete the course, should you require additional time to complete the course please contact Jerry Lanouette to discuss.

Click here for more information on OCAP®

In cooperation with Algonquin College, the FNIGC is pleased to bring you an online learning experience.