Welcome to The Fundamentals of OCAP®, a unique online learning opportunity developed by FNIGC in collaboration with First Nations thought leaders, subject matter experts, and online education professionals.
Newly revised and reimagined to mark the 25th anniversary of The First Nations Principles of OCAP®, the course is the result of more than a year of design and teamwork and features important content updates, original artwork from First Nation artists, and voice-over narration from First Nations actors.
The Fundamentals of OCAP® course introduces the OCAP® principles in a welcoming and culturally engaging way and takes learners on a journey through the importance of First Nations ownership, control, access, and possession of First Nations data.
FNIGC is proud to offer this ground-breaking online course that explores First Nations self-determination, self-governance, and collective rights to data sovereignty through the framework of The First Nations Principles of OCAP®.
Who is The Fundamentals of OCAP® course designed for?
This course is designed by First Nations and is intended principally for First Nations who work with data and are asserting the First Nations Principles of OCAP® as part of that work. It is also intended for those who interact with First Nations data or information and are looking to learn how they can best respect the principles in their work.
Data in this context encompasses data from First Nations, including languages, cultures, knowledge, stories, songs, and ceremonies, data about First Nations such as demographics, housing, health, economies, labor, education, and data on or about First Nations lands and resources, which includes waters, medicines, and animals.
If you are asserting OCAP®, the course will give you the background and tool you need to exercise data sovereignty. By taking this course, you will learn what it means to assert and apply the principles OCAP® through the work you do.
If you are looking to better respect OCAP®, the course will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand First Nations data sovereignty in the context of work done in government, academia, non-profits, or the private sector. This is an important teaching and an expression of a commitment to Reconciliation.
What you will learn
This introductory course unpacks the OCAP® framework and offers learners the opportunity to see OCAP® as part of a larger story. In this course, you will learn how the framework supports First Nations data sovereignty and information governance, what it means to assert and respect the principles of OCAP®, and critical thinking tools that you can apply to your work. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- describe the principles of OCAP®,
- understand key foundational concepts for OCAP® such as Data Sovereignty and Information Governance,
- understand First Nations collective rights, and the difference between asserting and respecting OCAP®, and
- connect the context and importance of OCAP® to your current work or role.
The course is divided into six modules, each lasting between 30-50 minutes, plus a course introduction. There are interactive elements and knowledge checks throughout the course, and a final assessment.
Register for The Fundamentals of OCAP® course now at the link: https://learning.fnigc.ca/#/dashboard
Did you know that FNIGC also offers The First Nations Principles of OCAP® presentations and workshops? Whether as a complement to our The Fundamentals of OCAP® course or as a standalone offering, our Education and Training team is ready to deliver an engaging and interactive learning experience for your organization. We can even work with you to build an experience tailored to the needs of your organization.
Want to learn more? Contact the FNIGC team at [email protected].