The Alberta First Nation Information Governance Centre

Protecting Our Knowledge

   Telling Our Stories       

Strengthening Our Communities

Welcome to the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (Alberta FNIGC) – where First Nations' knowledge, stories, and rights take center stage.

For over two decades, we’ve been championing the principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP®), ensuring that First Nations have full authority over their research, information, and data management. Led by our dedicated Board of Directors from Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8, our journey began with the inception of the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS), which sets the standard for understanding life in First Nations communities across Canada.

As the regional hub of the National First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), our mission is clear: to facilitate surveys and research by and for Alberta’s First Nations so that our communities can promote the well-being of our Peoples.

In 2010, Alberta First Nations Leadership unanimously passed a Resolution at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs (AoTC), paving the way for the creation of the Alberta FNIGC. Our organization was born out of the need for a dedicated center to address the unique information governance needs of Alberta’s First Nations, with direct accountability to our leadership.

At Alberta FNIGC, we’re committed to empowering First Nations communities by facilitating greater jurisdiction and control over their data and information. We achieve this by amplifying the impact of research on First Nations’ health and well-being, ensuring robust governance over research initiatives and surveys, safeguarding data, and building individual and community capacity through online learning, in-person training, and equitable funding opportunities.

Join us in our mission to honor First Nations’ rights and traditions, shaping a future where data is a tool for empowerment and positive change.

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