Recent News & Events

Meet the recipients of FNIGC’s 2017 National Student Bursary

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 5th annual National Student Bursary, which is awarded by the non-profit organization to two deserving First Nations college or university students.  Chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of FNIGC’s Board of Directors, the recipients of the 2017 bursary will each receive a cash prize and free registration to FNIGC’s Fundamentals... Read more

New report provides unprecedented look at trends over time in the health and well-being of First Nations communities

A new report released by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) provides unprecedented insight into a wide range of factors affecting the health and well-being of First Nations people living on reserve and in Northern communities across Canada. The National Report of The First Nations Regional Health Survey Phase 3: Volume 1, released today in Ottawa, is the culmination of the third phase of a landmark five-year survey... Read more

National conference to showcase release of first results from third phase of historic First Nations health survey

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to announce a not-to-be-missed two-day conference that will feature the official release of data from the First Nations Regional Health Survey Phase 3, FNIGC’s foundational survey process.   On March 13 & 14, 2018, “20 years of First Nations Data: The Path to RHS Phase 3” will bring FNIGC’s Regional Partners, field workers, First Nations leaders, researchers, academics... Read more

First Nations Information Governance Centre welcomes Jonathan Dewar as new Executive Director

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to announce Dr. Jonathan Dewar as its new Executive Director.   An educator, researcher, and administrator descended from Huron-Wendat, French-Canadian, and Scottish-Canadian grandparents, Dr. Dewar brings a rich and dynamic set of skills to his new position at FNIGC.   With a PhD from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, he has published... Read more

Latest Power of Data story journeys to Northern Alberta to witness the transformative effects of data in one First Nations community

Over the past two-and-a-half years our Power of Data series has travelled across the country in an effort to find examples of the real-world benefits that data from the First Nations Regional Health Survey (and other surveys) have had in First Nations communities. Starting in Ottawa, we visited a Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia, a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in community in Yukon, a Mohawk community in Quebec, and a Carrier community in the BC interior... Read more

FNIGC’s Fundamentals of OCAP® online course makes its debut in French

In February 2016 the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) launched The Fundamentals of OCAP®, the first—and only—online course dedicated to the First Nations principles of OCAP®. With more than 500 registrants completing the course since its launch, the course proved so popular that FNIGC decided to offer it in French as well. After more than year spent developing, translating and testing the course site, FNIGC is pleased to... Read more

New Power of Data story explores the relationship between data collection and First Nations storytelling traditions

For the latest story in our Power of Data series, FNIGC travelled to Saik’uz First Nation in the heart of the British Columbia interior, where we spent a day visiting with the Chief and others in this small Carrier community. As we discovered, data can takes many forms in First Nations communities, including the traditional stories that are handed down from one generation to the next.   To Stanley Thomas, Chief of Saik’uz, oral storytelling... Read more

RHS Phase 3 data collection sets a new record

In April 2015, the latest phase of the long-running First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS Phase 3) began the data collection process with the goal of surveying more than 30,000 First Nations people in 280 First Nations communities across Canada. As we all know at FNIGC, this is an awesome task that is faced with a wide range of challenges such as poor weather, infrastructure issues, internet connectivity, and community-specific... Read more