Initiative History

The British Columbia First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative was established under leadership of the Ktunaxa Nation as they came to share common issues with other First Nations, specifically related to informing decision-making and guiding planning and investment strategies. Scarcity and appropriateness of data were recognized as significant barriers to successful self-government.

The Initiative is one of a number of agreements and planning documents that describe a comprehensive and ambitious provincial mandate and agenda in First Nations’ health, social determinants, health information governance, and health data information sharing and system transformation.

The signing of the 2005 Transformative Change Accord by the First Nations Leadership Council, Province of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada signaled the beginning of a new relationship between the tripartite partners. The 2010 British Columbia Tripartite Data Quality and Sharing Agreement promoted a commitment to ensure that federally and provincially held information on First Nations is shared. The British Columbia First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative followed as a practical approach, led by and for BC First Nations, to implement some of the political commitments outlined in these documents. The Initiative also supports the October 2013 management and transfer of health services from Health Canada to British Columbia First Nations.

Moving Towards a National Approach

First Nations across Canada are focusing on data governance. Alberta has established a Regional First Nations Information Governance Centre which is primarily funded by Health Canada. Quebec First Nations are working collaboratively to build data governance and information management capacity, working with their government partners to address their unique needs. Other regions have also organized themselves to accommodate their interests; in BC there is the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative. What is needed is a National Data Governance Strategy that aligns these regional approaches with broader political and reporting reform initiatives across governments.

Concept Paper and Briefing Note

The BCFNDGI has created a concept paper and a briefing note to provide a roadmap for the future of First Nations' data governance and community development across Canada.


British Columbia First Nations' Data Governance Initiative Timeline