Introducing Addie Pryce

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), Canada’s premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities, is pleased to welcome Ms. Addie Pryce as its new Regional Health Survey and Capacity Development Coordinator. With more than 30 years’ worth of experience delivering health and social programs to First Nations communities, Ms. Pryce brings an impressive set of skills to the FNIGC team at an important point in the organization’s history.

From the Gingolx First Nation in British Columbia, Ms. Pryce began working for Health Canada’s Medical Services Branch (Pacific Region) in Prince Rupert as a dental therapist in the early 1980s. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s she also performed a number of roles including: supporting capacity development in B.C. First Nations communities, managing the Indian and Inuit Health Careers Program, overseeing the implementation of B.C.’s First Nations Head Start Program, and supporting the on-going development of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch’s (FNIHB) National Early Childhood Development Initiative.

Addie Pryce

In 2003, she accepted a position at FNIHB headquarters as the National Manager for the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve program. In 2011, she took a position as a Senior Policy Manager at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) where she also completed an assignment as Executive Director overseeing the Secure Certificate of Indian Status program.

“I am thrilled to be joining FNIGC in this unique and challenging new position,” says Ms. Pryce. “I grew up on a First Nations reserve community in northern B.C., and like FNIGC respect the vibrant and distinct cultures that they represent. I look forward to continue serving them in this new role.”   

Ms. Pryce’s depth of experience comes to FNIGC at a critical juncture. With our foundational Regional Health Survey (RHS) entering its third cycle in 2014, FNIGC is committed to looking at new and innovative ways to mobilize the significant amount of data collected by the survey over the past 17 years. It’s because of this that FNIGC created the new position for Ms. Pryce to step into.

The RHS and Capacity Development Coordinator replaces the old RHS National Project Coordinator position and will focus on: 1) coordinating the RHS national survey process, and 2) building outreach capacity in an effort to better utilize RHS data to assist in planning, program development, evaluation and greater use of data to inform and effect positive change in the health and well-being of First Nation communities.

We are excited about the new position and what it means for FNIGC moving forward — and are especially pleased to have Addie on board to bring the new position to life!