Report to Leadership The First Nations Information Governance Centre. Assembly of First Nations Special General Assembly Gatineau, Quebec December 16, 2010. Presented by: Ceal Tournier, Chairperson Bonnie Healy, Treasurer,. The FNIGC Mandate.
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Assembly of First Nations
Special General Assembly
December 16, 2010
Ceal Tournier, Chairperson
Bonnie Healy, Treasurer,
Over the past year, a mandate and support, through national and regional resolutions have been received for the development of TheFirst Nations Information Governance Centre including:
(Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, NWT).
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, 2010!
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:
The development of Regional Centre's
will be determined by each Region based on regional interests and strategic direction
The First Nations Information Governance Centre will:
Federally incorporated entity under the Canada Corporation Act.
Bylaws developed relating to the organization and transaction of the business and affairs
THE FIRST NATIONS INFORMATION GOVERNANCE CENTRE
CENTRE DE GOUVERNANCE DE L’INFORMATION DES PREMIÈRES NATIONSCorporate Structure of the Centre
Members of the Organization
Board of Directors
of the Corporation
By laws of the Corporation may be repealed or amended by By-law enactment by a majority of the Directors at a meeting of the Board and sanctioned by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of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 meeting
We are proud to report to the First Nations Leadership that The First Nations Information Governance Centre opened it’s doors on August 1, 2010 and Celebrated it’s Open House on October 15, 2010
The FNIGC Offices are located at:
Head Office: 49 Ford Lane, Unit 1, Akwesasne, ON
Ottawa Office: 170 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 904, Ottawa, ON
Toll Free: 1-866-997-6248
Board Members: L-R - Nancy Gros Louis Mc Hugh, QC/LAB, Bonnie Healy, AB, Lori Duncan, YKN, Tracy Antone, ON, Kathi Avery Kinew, MB
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 funding
2. Establish effective communications with First Nations at all levels to
3. Continue developing effective partnerships with organizations to seek mutually beneficial outcomes with:
4. Develop and deliver a series of training programs
A lot to accomplish in a short timeframe ….but we hit the road running…….
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 dissemination.
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 agreement.
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.
Don’t 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 (NCFNG)
The National Centre for First Nations Governance (NCFNG) is aservice 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 authorities.
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 government’s 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:
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 etc.
Simply said, we provide the data for our leadership to bring about change for our communities.
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
Chair: CealTournier, Saskatchewan
Co-Chair: Jon Thompson, AFN
Secretary:Kathi Avery Kinew, Manitoba
Treasurer: Bonnie Healy, Alberta
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)
Mark Your Calendar!
Information will soon be available on Agenda, Speakers, Workshops, Presenters, Info & Craft Booths, Adult, Youth & Elder Forums, Sponsorships.
Follow developments on: www.fnigc.ca
Thank you for all the support provided to TheFirst 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