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
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
Algic Algonquian / Ktunaxa / Tsimshianic / Xaad Kil
Anishnaabemowin Nēhiyawēwin, Ktunaxa, Gitsenimx, Nisga’a, Sküüxs, Smalgyax, Xaad Kil/ Xaaydaa Kil (Haida)
Monday, May 17
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 18
Salishan Coast Salish
Éy7á7juuthem, Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hənqəminəm, SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lekwungen, / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke, She shashishalhem, Sḵwwú7mesh sníchim
Wednesday, May 19
Thursday, May 27
Salishan Interior Salish / Salishan Nuxalk
Nłeʔkepmxcín, Nsyilxcən, Secwepemctsin, Stámtimcets, Nuxalk
Thursday, May 20
Wednesday, May 26
Diitiid?aa?tx, Hailhzaqvla, Kwakwala, nuučaanuɫ, ‘Wuikala, Xenaksialakala / Xa’islakala
Tuesday, May 25
Friday, May 28
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