Education and Training has been at the heart our work since the earliest days of the First Nations and Inuit Regional Health Survey (FNIRHS).
From 1996, First Nations fieldworkers have received training in data collection and data handling methods from both regional partners and FNIGC. For more information on our approaches to capacity development and training within our national survey cycles, please see Our Surveys.
It is our goal for everyone to have a sound knowledge of the First Nations principles of OCAP®, information governance, and data sovereignty. Everyone who holds or interacts with First Nations’ data and information should understand those pillars.
Rights-holding First Nations and their community members can use the tools of OCAP® to promote good information governance and assert their data sovereignty. It is the role of others in government, academia, health care, and industry to understand and respect OCAP® and First Nations’ rights to own, control, access and possess their own information.
FNIGC offers a variety of education and training options to support both First Nations and others in asserting, respecting, and promoting OCAP®. Our primary tool is The Fundamentals of OCAP® online course. This course provides a foundation in OCAP® and introduces knowledge that can be translated into practical skills in a variety of settings.
FNIGC is also able to offer workshops and presentations, both online and in-person, which can be tailored to meet learner group needs. We also work with FNIGC’s regional partners to support their education and training needs and advance the development of community-led, Nation-based approaches to information governance and data sovereignty.
For more information on FNIGC’s work in Education and Training, contact us at [email protected].
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