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SARS CoV-2 virus



Our own COVID-19 report for First Nations


Weekly Updates from the Alberta Health (AH) Epidemiology and Surveillance Team (pre-July 2023) updates have been archived and can be found under our Resources tab HERE)

Please note: As per AHS updates will be shared once monthly starting from July 5th, 2023 until further notice.

AH update Jul 05, 2023

AH update Jul 26, 2023

AH update Aug 30, 2023

AH update Sep 28, 2023




Ninja Nerd Science: COVID-19: Coronavirus

Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Diagnostics

Treatment, Prognosis, Precautions

Epidemiology, Pathophysiology | APRIL UPDATE

How is Coronavirus Diagnosed | APRIL UPDATE

SARS-CoV-2 Variants | UK + South African + Brazil Variants

The Delta Variant: Current Evidence and Literature - COVID-19 | SARS-CoV-2 | Vaccine Efficacy


Corona Virus|COVID-19 Coverage by Dr. Mike Mike Hansen, MD, is a medical doctor who is an internist, an intensivist, and a pulmonologist. In other words, he specializes in (and is board certified in) internal medicine, critical care medicine, and pulmonary disease.

IMPORTANT INFO ON VACCINATION - Dr. Mike tells it like it is with his ICU patients!

IMPORTANT INFO ON the Omicron Variant!

The Alberta Opioid Response Surveillance Report: First Nations People in Alberta - December 2021 is now available HERE!

National Dialogue on Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Health Systems is now available in English HERE and in French HERE.


NEW REPORT JUST OUT! Increased Access to Culturally Safe Cancer Care Pathways by Alberta First Nations in Rural, Remote, and Isolated Communities

Welcome to the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre!

The Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (AFNIGC) will promote, protect and advance the First Nations´ Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP®) principles, the inherent right to self-determination and jurisdiction in research and information management.

The AFNIGC represents the culmination of a 20-year process to strengthen First Nations control and capacity in ethical and relevant processes for research; and the collection, utilization, and storage of data. The AFNIGC´s Board of Directors is responsible for governance over these processes and, in particular, for the continuation of the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) and the new First Nations Regional Education, Employment and Early Childhood Development Survey (FNREEES).

The AFNIGC is the regional satellite/centre for the National FNIGC who´s mission statement is: "Founded on First Nations principles, the FNIGC is a premier indigenous model of research and data excellence for the well being of our Peoples and Communities."

The roots of the FNIGC go back 17 years, to the birth of the First Nations Regional Health Survey, or RHS. The RHS has built a solid record of independent research and has become the gold standard of information about the lives of people living in First Nations across Canada.

A Resolution was passed in January 2010 by Alberta First Nations Leadership at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs (AoTC) in support of the development of a regional satellite of the National FNIGC. The AFNIGC was established by First Nations to meet Alberta First Nations Information Governance needs - with accountability back to Leadership.

Our organization strives to facilitate the exercise of First Nations jurisdiction and greater ownership, control, access, and possession (OCAP®) of First Nations data and information.

AFNIGC facilitates OCAP® principles by:

  • Increasing the impact of research and information that measures the state of First Nations health and wellbeing;
  • Providing sound governance and oversight to research initiatives and specialized surveys;
  • Providing stewardship of data; and
  • Building the individual and systemic capacity for respectfully engaging in data collection, analysis and utilization through professional development, training and tools, standards of excellence, and access to equitable funding.

Information on our EMS studies in partnership with the Emergency Strategic Clinical NetworkTM

Our triage study: First Nations status and emergency department triage scores in Alberta: a retrospective cohort study | CMAJ

Canadian Press piece as reported in the Red Deer News: Study suggests Alberta First Nations people tend to get lower level of emergency care |

Edmonton Journal article: First Nations patients less likely to be prioritized for urgent care in Alberta ERs: study | Edmonton Journal

Youtube Video - CAEP National Grand Rounds: Emergency Care of First Nations Members: Lessons from a five year mixed methods research partnership in Alberta