British Columbia First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI)
(Please note, the website contains archived content and is not currently being updated)
About the BCFNDGI
First Nations in British Columbia are moving toward a model of development and wellness that is self governing, community driven, and nation based. The autonomy to define community wellness and the right of First Nations communities to own, control, access, and possess information about their peoples are fundamental to self-determination and to the preservation and development of their culture.
The British Columbia First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative is a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing complicated and long-standing socio-economic and cultural issues. The Initiative serves to unite and guide all BC First Nations, First Nations organizations and governments towards their shared outcome: well-being for First Nations.
The British Columbia First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative will equip First Nations with the technological and human resource capacity to govern and own their communities’ data.
What will change for First Nation Communities?
For far too long, First Nation communities have been the focus of research completed by non-First Nations people.
Outside interests have been asking for and leaving with often irrelevant data, and making decisions with little consideration of First Nations' perspectives.
Under the British Columbia First Nations' Data Governance Initiative, First Nations will collect, manage, report on, and own their community’s data.
First Nation communities will have the technological and human resource capacity necessary to govern, own, and share (as appropriate) their data.
Comprehensive community planning will take place in each community, putting well-being at the centre of this work.
What will be the expected results?
Improved First Nations’ autonomy, improved information for decision-making, improved First Nations’ well-being.