FNIGC partners with Algonquin College to launch first-ever online course about the First Nations principles of OCAP®

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) in partnership with Algonquin College, is proud to announce the launch of The Fundamentals of OCAP®, the first—and only—online training course dedicated to OCAP®.

The new course, which is now accepting registrations at FNIGC.ca/training, offers unprecedented access to FNIGC’s breadth of knowledge about the First Nations principles of OCAP® in an easily accessible and user-friendly platform.

The First Nations principles of OCAP® (which stands for ownership, control, access, and possession) are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data can be collected, protected, used and shared. Over the years OCAP® has grown to become the recognized “gold standard” for research and data collection conducted within First Nations communities.

FNIGC’s The Fundamentals of OCAP® course offers a comprehensive overview of OCAP® and is organized into seven modules, which include “What is OCAP®?”, “Implementing OCAP® at the Community Level” and “The Future of OCAP®”.

“This course marks FNIGC’s first foray into online training and represents our commitment to creating new training and outreach opportunities for First Nations people.” said Gail Mc Donald, FNIGC’s Executive Director. “It also helps address the many students, researchers, academics, and federal officials who in recent years have expressed their interest in gaining a fuller understanding of OCAP® and its implications for First Nations people and the communities they live in.”     

Though the course was designed with the training needs of First Nations people in mind, The Fundamentals of OCAP®is available to anyone with internet access and may prove of interest to researchers or government employees looking to understand the information governance concerns of First Nations.

Course registration starts today, with the first course beginning on February 16, 2016. Currently available in English only, participants will have three months to complete the course’s seven modules and will receive a Statement of Achievement from Algonquin College once they have successfully completed a short test.    

An incorporated non-profit organization operated by First Nations for First Nations, FNIGC is the premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and northern communities in Canada.