FNIGC’s National Workshop - It’s a Wrap!

FNIGC’s National Workshop brings researchers, educators, ethicists, journalists (and an acclaimed First Nations actor) together to discuss information governance.

More than 130 experts, researchers and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds gathered in Ottawa last week for the First Nations Information Governance Centre’s OCAP™ in Action 2013 National Workshop.

The three-day workshop offered an opportunity for people from all walks of life and areas of practice, including First Nations’ survey coordinators, statistical analysts, health and education administrators and government officials to elders, ethicists and educators, to assemble in one place to discuss the concept of OCAP™ and its implications on First Nations’ jurisdiction over its own information.

The event took place at the newly renovated Delta Ottawa City Centre in downtown Ottawa and featured a series of 17 workshop sessions,  social and cultural activities, and plenary presentations — including keynote appearances by CBC journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice and award-winning First Nations actor Adam Beach (Flags of our Fathers, Windtalkers, Smoke SignalsArctic Air).

Subjects covered in the workshops included: privacy and respect in research, a look at First Nations privacy laws, an exploration of the OCAP™ certification process, IT and data protections, assessment tools, health surveillance and partnerships, how to create stories with data, and how social media can be used as a knowledge translation tool. Participants also had opportunities to enhance their skills in facilitation, train the trainer and survey methodology.

Opening and closing ceremonies were conducted by Elder Thomas Louttit and youth hand-drummer and singer Theland Kicknosway.

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The National Workshop booklet, which includes a list of presenters and workshops, is available at www.fnigc.ca. A full report on the Workshop — including links to presentations — will be posted on the site in the coming weeks.