BC First Nations Data Governance Strategy Engagement Sessions

The federal government, through Budget 2021, proposes to invest $73.5 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to continue work towards the development and implementation of a First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS).

First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Summer Knowledge-Sharing Sessions

August and September 2021

BC First Nations Governments have called for and are now preparing for the implementation of a national First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS), which includes the formation of a Data Centre to serve BC First Nations Governments. This summer knowledge-sharing series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), was held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management. Data governance and information management experts presented and shared resources during these interactive sessions.

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership - August 4, 2021

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session provided participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments could assert ownership over their Nation's intellectual property (i.e. language, stories, songs, practices, etc.) and identity.

Data Governance: Government to Government Data Quality and Sharing Agreements - August 17, 2021

BC has a great diversity of First Nations cultures with 34 living languages and many dialects associated with the Indigenous Nations that hold rights in BC. During this session, participants explored the concept of Quality Data from various First Nations worldviews, and they reviewed a preliminary draft of a First Nations Government developed Data Quality and Sharing Agreement template.

Data and Information Management: Policies and Procedures to Manage and Protect Data - September 1, 2021

First Nations Governments create and receive massive amounts of data in the form of documents, studies, and correspondence. To govern the management of these resources, policies and procedures need to be in place to manage resources and their creation, retention, storage, sharing, and analysis. During this session, a Data Governance Framework and Policy Manual for First Nations Governments was shared with participants, as was a variety of other records and information management resources.

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership

Presented on August 4, 2021

Data Governance: Government to Government Data Quality and Sharing Agreements

Presented on August 17, 2021

Data and Information Management: Policies and Procedures to Manage and Protect Data

Presented on September 1, 2021

Engagement Sessions

BC Leadership have been lobbying for this data strategy for years, the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) drafted it, and engagement on its implementation began in May 2021!

FNIGC, the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), and the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) invited elected leaders, senior administrators, and data leads to join them for a discussion on the implementation of the FNDGS.  They were looking for input to develop a clear, collective mandate for the BC Data Champions Team to follow as they implement the strategy and develop the BC Regional Information Governance Centre.  Through engagement sessions  and knowledge-sharing sessions, they hope to connect with every First Nation government in BC.

To provide context and showcase the work already completed, we have compiled a folder of key documents related to the FNIGC.

The goals for these engagements were to:

  • Strengthen data governance principles
  • Shape a future political resolution for data governance
  • Outline Nation-based data governance needs and priorities
  • Determine future functions of a Regional Information Governance Centre

Who was invited

Community leadership (e.g. chiefs, councillors, leaders) within each First Nation and language group in BC, plus their senior administrator and/or data lead

May 2021 - Concluded

Language Groups

Language Groups

Region

Dates

Times

Registration Link

Algic Algonquian / Ktunaxa / Tsimshianic / Xaad Kil

Anishnaabemowin Nēhiyawēwin, Ktunaxa, Gitsenimx, Nisga’a, Sküüxs, Smalgyax, Xaad Kil/ Xaaydaa Kil (Haida)

Mid-province

Monday, May 17

1:00-3:30 PM

Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit Dene (Athabaskan)

Dakelh, Dane-Zaa, Danezage, Dene K’e, Nedut’en / Wetsuwet’en, Tāłtān, Tse’khene, Tsilhqot'in, Tutchone, Łingít

North

Tuesday, May 18

1:00-3:30 PM

Salishan Coast Salish

Éy7á7juuthem, Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hənqəminəm, SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lekwungen, / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke, She shashishalhem, Sḵwwú7mesh sníchim

Southwest

Wednesday, May 19

1:00-3:30 PM

Thursday, May 27

1:00-3:30 PM

Salishan Interior Salish / Salishan Nuxalk

Nłeʔkepmxcín, Nsyilxcən, Secwepemctsin, Stámtimcets, Nuxalk

Central Interior

Thursday, May 20

1:00-3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 26

1:00-3:30 PM

Wakashan

Diitiid?aa?tx, Hailhzaqvla, Kwakwala, nuučaanuɫ, ‘Wuikala, Xenaksialakala / Xa’islakala

Southern Coastal

Tuesday, May 25

1:00-3:30 PM

Open Session

All Nations

All Nations

Friday, May 28

1:00-3:30 PM

First Nations Data Governance Strategy Files

Significant work has occurred to provide context to the conversation about the First Nations Data Governance Strategy. We invite you to view key resources, including the following:

  • Welcome to a Conversation on Implementing the First Nations Data Governance Strategy, 2021
  • A First Nations Data Governance Strategy
  • Data Governance Discussion Paper
  • Disaggregated demographic data collection in British Columbia: The grandmother perspective
  • In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care

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Foundations for Professional Communications, an offering from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, got off to a great start with our in-person week of learning in January. Pictured here is the incredible cohort of First Nations communicators, and our amazing instructor, Davis McKenzie of Toxw oxw (Becoming Clear) Communications.

The students were able to hone their skills in key areas of communications, and at the end of the week were joined by Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, and Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, who were in attendance as they presented their very own communications plans. All their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm made this week a huge success, and we are so excited for them as they complete this course and continue their journeys in communications!

Foundations for Professional Communications is a fully accredited course, free of charge for First Nations communicators. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next offering, please email: ksposato@fnps.ca.
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Foundations for Professional Communications, an offering from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, got off to a great start with our in-person week of learning in January. Pictured here is the incredible cohort of First Nations communicators, and our amazing instructor, Davis McKenzie of Toxw oxw (Becoming Clear) Communications.

The students were able to hone their skills in key areas of communications, and at the end of the week were joined by Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, and Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, who were in attendance as they presented their very own communications plans. All their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm made this week a huge success, and we are so excited for them as they complete this course and continue their journeys in communications!

Foundations for Professional Communications is a fully accredited course, free of charge for First Nations communicators. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next offering, please email: ksposato@fnps.ca.

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We are pleased to share some of the plenary sessions from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat Conference 2023: Taking Root. Recordings are now available online. Check out the opening keynote from First Nations leadership, an inspiring panel from First Nations youth and crucial discussion around data governance and more.

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In case you missed it! 

We are pleased to share some of the plenary sessions from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat Conference 2023: Taking Root. Recordings are now available online. Check out the opening keynote from First Nations leadership, an inspiring panel from First Nations youth and crucial discussion around data governance and more.

Catch up now: https://ow.ly/6qU350QABv1

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 12!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 12!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu

LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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