Carmen Jones is a member of the Serpent River First Nation and was raised on the Garden River Reserve, where her family lives. Her current work involves overseeing the Health Department at the Chiefs of Ontario and she is also the lead in Research and Data Management. She is involved in implementing the First Nation Data Governance Agreement with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and is the lead on the First Nation Cancer Surveillance project in partnership with ICES and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO). In addition, she is the former Chair of the First Nation Data Governance Committee.
In late 1999, she became Cancer Care Ontario’s first Director of the Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit and implemented the first Aboriginal Cancer Care Needs Assessment within a provincial cancer agency in Canada. She is co-investigator on various projects such as: Reducing the Burden of Diabetes on First Nations People in Ontario OSSU IMPACT Award, Unlocking Health Information for Older First Nations Populations, First Nation Opioid Surveillance, and the First Nations Chronic Disease Surveillance study.
Early in her career, Carmen spent many years working with remote First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations. She also worked with the Ontario government in community development, strategic planning, policy development, and constitutional matters.