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Title: Report to Leadership The First Nations Information Governance Centre

Report to LeadershipThe First Nations
Information Governance Centre
Presented by Ceal Tournier, Chairperson Bonnie
Healy, Treasurer,
  • Assembly of First Nations
  • Special General Assembly
  • Gatineau, Quebec
  • December 16, 2010

The FNIGC Mandate
  • Over the past year, a mandate and support,
    through national and regional resolutions have
    been received for the development of The First
    Nations Information Governance Centre including
  • Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee on
    Health (June 2009)
  • AFN Executive (July 2009) and
  • Special Chiefs in Assembly, December 2009 ,
    Resolution No. 48/2009 passed unanimously by
  • Regional Resolutions of Support received from 9
    Regions to date
  • (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon,
    Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario,
  • We are pleased to report that dedicated efforts
    have been made since December 2009 to make the
    Centre a reality for First Nations.
  • We have opened the doors effective August 1,

What is The First Nations Information Governance
  • First Nations now have a dedicated Centre that
    will serve as the home of the First Nations
    Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS) and
    build upon that successful process to provide
  • Credible First Nations Information
  • Increased Research Capacity
  • Training Opportunities
  • Data collection, analysis and dissemination
    services to First Nations at the local, regional
    and national levels
  • Framework of the Centre
The First Nations Information Governance Centre
and Regional Offices
  • The Centre is designed to be a network of
    regionally controlled centre's supporting
    national, regional, and local research.
  • At the centre of this network is a national
    office or hub that supports, to the degree
    necessary, the regional affiliates.
  • Each First Nation Region is different from the
    next and the regional infrastructure is the
    backbone in building capacity for research and
    knowledge generation.
  • FNIGC and the regional offices follow a First
    Nations research agenda in a framework that
    ensures integrity, ethics and a cultural values.
  • The development of Regional Centre's
  • will be determined by each Region based on
    regional interests and strategic direction

Focus of the Centre
  • The First Nations Information Governance Centre
  • Be the permanent home of the RHS
  • Be the premier source of First Nations
  • Be devoted to First Nations 
  • Make the most of research and information that
    will truly benefit the health and well being of
    First Nations
  • Strive to partner with entities that seek to
    achieve success in working with First Nations,
    through the use of credible information and
    processes that respect First Nations jurisdiction
    to own, protect and control how their information
    is collected, used and disclosed 
  • Promote and advance the First Nations Principles
    of OCAP
  • Assist in building First Nations capacity in
    research, information technologies, health
    surveillance and data analysis
  • Measure improvements to First Nations health and
    well-being through the RHS and specialized

Corporate Structure of the Centre
Members of the Organization
  • Federally incorporated entity under the
    Canada Corporation Act.
  • Bylaws developed relating to the organization
    and transaction of the business and affairs

Board of Directors of the Corporation
The FNIGC By Law General Provisions
  • Head Office Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne
  • Regions mean the following ten territorial
  • New Brunswick/PEI,
  • Nova Scotia/Newfoundland,
  • Quebec/Labrador,
  • Ontario,
  • Manitoba,
  • Saskatchewan,
  • Alberta,
  • British Columbia
  • Yukon Territory
  • Northwest Territory
  • Each Region shall have the right to exercise one
    vote, through their appointed Delegate
  • Quorum is 70 or seven Regions

FNIGC By Law General Provisions
  • By laws of the Corporation may be repealed or
    amended by By-law enactment by a majority of the
    Directors at a meeting of the Board and
    sanctioned by an affirmative vote of at least
    two-thirds (2/3) of the Members at a Members

We are proud to report to the First Nations
Leadership that The First Nations Information
Governance Centre opened its doors on August 1,
2010 and Celebrated its Open House on October
15, 2010
The FNIGC Offices are located at Head Office
49 Ford Lane, Unit 1, Akwesasne, ON Fax
1-613-936-8974 Ottawa Office 170 Laurier
Avenue West, Suite 904, Ottawa, ON Fax
613-241-7072 Telephone 1-613-733-1916 Toll
Free 1-866-997-6248 Website FNIGC.CA
Board Members L-R - Nancy Gros Louis Mc Hugh,
QC/LAB, Bonnie Healy, AB, Lori Duncan, YKN, Tracy
Antone, ON, Kathi Avery Kinew, MB
Implementation Milestones
  • For the remainder of this fiscal year The Centre
    will focus on 4 major objectives in this initial
    year of Operation
  • 1. Seek funding opportunities secure
    long term, operational
  • 2. Establish effective communications with
    First Nations at all levels to
  • promote and advance the RHS data utilization and
  • promote training opportunities,
  • support evidenced based decision making and
  • promote First Nations Principles of OCAP
  • 3. Continue developing effective
    partnerships with organizations to seek mutually
    beneficial outcomes with
  • federal, provincial , territorial governments,
  • the public health network,
  • academia,
  • students, and
  • aboriginal organizations
  • 4. Develop and deliver a series of training

2010-11 Key Activities of the Centre
  • Develop and Disseminate Promotional Materials on
  • Coordinate National Logo Contest
  • Develop RHS Research Data Centre
  • Develop and Launch Website
  • Develop and Release Training Schedule
  • Host Open House
  • Advance promotion of RHS Phase 2 Data Release
  • Coordinate the RHS Release Conference March
    2011, Ottawa
  • Annual Evaluation and Report to Members at Annual
  • Start Up and Operationalize the Centre and Head
  • Funding Proposal Development
  • Convene Quarterly Board Meetings (June, October,
    January, March)
  • Staff the Centre (funding permitted)
  • Implement Communication Strategy to introduce the
    Centre and its services
  • Progress Report to AFN Chiefs in Assembly, July
    December 2010

A lot to accomplish in a short timeframe .but we
hit the road running.?
What Information is Available to First Nations
  • As the Home of the RHS First Nations will have
    access to a wealth of information based on the
    national data which targets many important
    aspects of our communities, e.g. housing, water
    quality, health and wellness, children, youth and
    adult specific information, demographics,
    migration, environmental impacts, economic
    indicators, etc.
  • This, coupled with your RHS Regional Results, can
    create a strong story that will support lobby
    efforts and proposal developments.
  • This process can only be strengthened by
    continued participation in the RHS and other
    potential specialized surveys and to build the
    regional and national infrastructure that will
    support data collection, analysis and

How is the Centre financially supported?
  • At the present time, the Centre has started
    operations based on the existing RHS national
    funding and from funding derived from data
    tabulation services.
  • For this final year of RHS Phase 2 funding
    (2010-11), an Agency Agreement has been approved
    by the AFN Executive and the FNIGC Board of
    Directors that outlines responsibilities and
    accountabilities for the RHS funding to flow from
    the AFN to the Centre to meet the deliverables
    under the current Health Canada funding
  • Funding proposals for the RHS Phase 3 and the
    FNIGC will be developed to secure long term,
    sustainable funding for both the FNIGC and the
    Regional Offices.

Dont be confused with all the organizations out
there proclaiming to address First Nations Health
Information Research Issues
He who holds the Data, Holds the Gold
The FNIGC is the only First Nations mandated
information and research entity that is directly
accountable to First Nations
We are often asked Why are we creating another
organization when we have others. The answer
is the Mandate and Structure of the FNIGC is
NOT the same as these two organizations
  • The National Centre for First Nations Governance
  • The National Centre for First Nations Governance
    (NCFNG) is a service and research organization
    offering a set of nation re-building services to
    First Nations. NCFNG provides a bridge between
    traditional and contemporary governance models.
    Services are developed and delivered by
    experienced and educated Aboriginal staff.
  • The Centre is in the unique position of applying
    research through its services and learning from
    the work done in communities
  • NCFNG has a two-pronged mandate. 1. supports
    First Nations to implement effective
    self-governance and 2. assists First Nations in
    the further development of their day-to-day
    government operations and supports First Nations
    in their efforts to develop their jurisdictional
  • NCFNG is a non-profit organization. It is
    governed by First Nations professionals and
    operates independently from the Government of
    Canada and our own political organizations.
  • The Centre models effective First Nations
    governance on five important pillars. They are
  • The People The Land Laws and Jurisdiction
    Institutions Resources
  •  First Nations Statistical Institute (FNSI)
  • FNSI was created in 2005, as part of the federal
    governments First Nations Fiscal and Statistical
    Management Act (FSMA), a Crown Corporation, along
    with the First Nations Taxation Commission
    (FNTC), the First Nations Financial Management
    Board (FNFMB) and the First Nations Finance
    Authority (FNFA).  The four organizations share a
    common objective of strengthening First Nations
    real property tax regimes and creating a First
    Nation bond financing regime.  This work supports
    and promotes First Nations economic development.
  • FNSI also has a broader mandate to support the
    data and statistical needs of First Nations so
    they can better meet their own policy and
    planning needs.  This work will also involve
    increasing knowledge of the importance of
    statistics in First Nations communities and to
    increase their capacity to gather, analyze and
    apply statistics in evidence-based decision
    making processes.
  • To accomplish the mandate, FNSI has established
    four key objectives

We have been asked.why do we use the term
Governance in our name?
  • The term governance is used to reflect the long
    history of the RHS process. The RHS process
    changed how research is currently conducted in
    First Nations communities in Canada.
  • The RHS is about self determination in the area
    of research and it is First Nations themselves
    that will govern how its information is collected
    and used by outsiders.
  • It means governance over information and
    governance over information management. We
    collect quality data from our First Nation
    communities and it is our First Nation leadership
    that will use this information to showcase the
    realities of First Nation communities based on
    sound quality data and lobby for policy changes
  • Simply said, we provide the data for our
    leadership to bring about change for our

Introducing the FNIGC Board of Directors
Notice First Nations Regions Organizations
will be required to submit applications for
membership to The FNIGC and appoint your Delegate
and Board of Director representative. A
Template for this process has been provided to
the AFN Executive and can also be obtained
through your First Board of Directors
Representative provided
  • Officers
  • Chair Ceal Tournier, Saskatchewan
  • Co-Chair Jon Thompson, AFN
  • Secretary Kathi Avery Kinew, Manitoba
  • Treasurer Bonnie Healy, Alberta
  • Regional Chief Angus Toulouse, Ontario,
  • AFN
  • Sarah (Sally) Johnson, NS/Newfoundland
  • Peter Birney, NB/PEI
  • Nancy Gros-Louis Mc Hugh, Quebec/Labrador
  • Tracy Antone, Ontario
  • Lori Duncan, Yukon
  • Ialeen Jones, NWT
  • BC - vacant
RHS National Conference Exciting Release of the
RHS Phase 2 National Results! Information and
results will be presented in exciting new
ways Adult, Youth and Children Surveys conducted
in 250 First Nations Communities with over 80 of
the target sample achieved. Results from the new
RHS First Nations Community Survey! Examine
Changes in First Nations Communities since RHS
Phase 1 (2002-03) Entertainment /Events to be
announced that will feature First Nations
celebrities and top entertainment that is sure to
please everyone Come and Join Us!
Crown Plaza Hotel (Soon the Delta Ottawa) Ottawa,
Register Early!
Mark Your Calendar!
Information will soon be available on Agenda,
Speakers, Workshops, Presenters, Info Craft
Booths, Adult, Youth Elder Forums,
Sponsorships. Follow developments on
In Closing
  • Thank you for all the support provided to The
    First Nations Information Governance Centre
  • YOUR Information Governance Centre
  • We are here to support the leadership at the
    local, regional and national levels.
  • Information and research based on a First Nations
    Agenda can make a difference