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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ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS!

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ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS! 

For more information and details on how to apply:  http://ow.ly/VOvI50KQTvt

Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now!

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.

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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now!

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Please join the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) for a Succession Planning Webinar hosted by First Nations HR expert Robin Henry.
This brief presentation on succession planning for your Nation/Organization will be followed by a group Q&A discussion with First Nations leaders, administrators, and HR professionals to share experiences on succession plan development and implementation and other examples of HR best practices. FNPSS sharing webinars are informal conversations aimed to provide a space for First Nations to discuss progress, challenges, and ideas with those working in similar roles. The webinar will be 60-minutes in duration, with time reserved for a Q&A period.

Register here: ow.ly/7xv050Ksz5S
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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Please join the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) for a Succession Planning Webinar hosted by First Nations HR expert Robin Henry. 
This brief presentation on succession planning for your Nation/Organization will be followed by a group Q&A discussion with First Nations leaders, administrators, and HR professionals to share experiences on succession plan development and implementation and other examples of HR best practices. FNPSS sharing webinars are informal conversations aimed to provide a space for First Nations to discuss progress, challenges, and ideas with those working in similar roles. The webinar will be 60-minutes in duration, with time reserved for a Q&A period.

Register here: http://ow.ly/7xv050Ksz5S
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