November 23, 2017

Data Resources and Challenges for First Nations Communities

Alberta First Nations Governance Centre

Insuring proper First Nations ownership of their data

Despite the seeming availability, data is not routinely used in planning and advocacy for the benefit of First Nations communities. Data is regularly extracted from Indigenous communities and Indigenous people are “researched to death,” yet we still see a consistent deficit of data being implemented in these communities.

First Nations communities, leaders, and policy makers now have the opportunity to use data to meet their own needs and bring evidence to their own concerns. This report aims to highlight the challenges with existing data and to offer some current solutions and examples of change that put relevant, meaningful data into the hands of communities and policy makers.

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