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).

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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 is starting now!

FNIGC, the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), and the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) invite elected leaders, senior administrators, and data leads to join them for a discussion on the implementation of the FNDGS.  We are looking for your 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 these engagement sessions, we hope to connect with every First Nation government in BC.

The goals for these engagements are 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 is 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

Please register for one of the following online engagement sessions

May 2021

Language Groups

Language Groups




Registration Link

Algic Algonquian / Ktunaxa / Tsimshianic / Xaad Kil

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


Monday, May 17th

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


Tuesday, May 18th

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


Wednesday, May 19th

1:00-3:30 PM

Thursday, May 27th

1:00-3:30 PM

Salishan Interior Salish / Salishan Nuxalk

Nłeʔkepmxcín, Nsyilxcən, Secwepemctsin, Stámtimcets, Nuxalk

Central Interior

Thursday, May 20th

1:00-3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 26th

1:00-3:30 PM


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

Southern Coastal

Tuesday, May 25th

1:00-3:30 PM

Open Session

All Nations

All Nations

Friday, May 28th

1:00-3:30 PM

Knowledge Sharing Sessions

Wednesdays in June, July, and August

This series of knowledge sharing sessions focuses on furthering the conversation around data sovereignty, data governance, and information management in BC.

Data Sovereignty: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership

Wednesday, June 16th
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Data Governance: Data Quality and Sharing Agreements

Wednesday, July 21st
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Data and Information Management: Enacting Policies to Protect Data

Wednesday, August 18th
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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Our next webinar is on May 11, 2021, at 10:00 am PST. Topics will be: how to better engage and communicate online and in-person with your membership, including special groups like elders, youth, Band Administrators, and more! @fnpublicservice


Don't miss out on the second of #FNPSS' Well Being Fund Knowledge Sharing Sessions this Wednesday, May 5 at 10:30am! This virtual session on measuring wellness will ask: "What are indicators and why do they matter?"

Register now! https://t.co/0iMF45KPsE

If you want to learn more about making your website a more effective communication tool, then our next Stream In webinar is for you! Please join us on May 4, from 10:00 am-11:30 am PST to learn Website Best Practices for Effective Communication!

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