Indigenous Data Governance

IRSI has identified the governance of Indigenous research data, along with research ethics and principles and practices of engagement, as one of three elements that underpin a collaborative engagement framework for research with Indigenous communities.

To this end, IRSI is working on two related initiatives:

  1. Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. In 2019, in partnership with the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, we convened a series of Dialogues on Indigenous Data, Information and Governance. These Dialogue, which were held around the province, resulted in the co-creation of a set of draft Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. Read about the Dialogues here.
  2. Information Governance Centre. In partnership with the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI) and UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC), we are working to establish a BC First Nations Information Governance Centre and to locate, repatriate and share data sets that are of interest to BC First Nations. This model acknowledges the need for specific practices and protocols when working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit data. Read more about the Information Governance Centre initiative here