Introducing the First Nations Data Centre: a new way to access First Nations data

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to announce the First Nations Data Centre (FNDC), a new service that provides easier access to data from its reliable and respected survey work including the First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS) and the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES).

The first service of its kind, the FNDC provides greater access to FNIGC’s unpublished national survey data on a pay-per-use basis to those pursuing academic research, policy development, and program planning or evaluation.


The FNDC’s services are available in person at FNIGC’s Ottawa offices or online at, a new website that includes an online application process for those looking to make use of data from the FNRHS (or the FNREEES, starting in spring 2016).

“The First Nations Data Centre is an exciting and important knowledge exchange initiative that significantly expands the access to FNIGC’s data sets.” says Gail Mc Donald, FNIGC’s Executive Director. “By providing more convenient access to data about First Nations communities it is our hope that we can further the understanding of First Nations health and well-being and nurture a body of research that can lead to improvements in the lives of First Nations people.”

The FNDC represents a continuation of FNIGC’s ongoing commitment to First Nations knowledge exchange which began in 2014 with the launch of FNIGC Data Online, a free online tool that provides access to FNIGC’s published data in the form of charts, tables and graphs.

Those seeking to use the FNDC will be subject to a comprehensive screening process that respects the First Nations principles of OCAP®, a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used and shared.

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