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What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information.

First Nations Technology Council

 

COMMUNITIES, COLLABORATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING:

NATURAL RESOURCES INFORMATIONMANAGEMENT

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19-22 2009

 

 

 

 

Friday Feb. 20th/09

 

What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information.

Presenters: Jane Gray, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council, Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation.

 

Information is an important communications resource that needs to be managed. Many First Nations communities don’t have the tools, skilled staff or financial resource to ensure that important documents are preserved and made accessible as necessary, that accountability to funders is streamlined, and that relevant community data is captured out panel will discuss requirements and provide input to the First Nations Technology Councils’ developing strategy for integrated information management.

 

Jane Gray: Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council.

 

Data should be looked at!

Health data

 

Education, Housing, Economic development, Language, and culture

 

RHS- First Nations Longitude Health Survey has been done every 4 years.

 

RHS has 2 main components: Regional component and community which is Ecological dada.

 

Data geek

Data queen

Data worriers

Data dimmer

Data dimmer (in White)

A Data dimmer deems all the data back into community RHS follows the principles of OCAP. You have Ownership, access, control and possession of your data in your community.

Too many times we have had researchers come into the communities take the data, publish a report and say “oh this reflects the First Nations

Did they go back and talk to you about that data?

Did they go back and present that data to you before they published it in a report? I don’t think so.

 

So what they are trying to do now is get people researchers and universities to shift that thinking. To say before you publish anything, before you do anything with that data from the community, you need to go back to it.

Take takes the RHS Data which looks at Health and Well being of First Nations Community, and take the Ecological Data from the RHS and see if the community might need diabetes training or nutritional program etc…

 

RHS training is funded by the Health council for data collectors.

Computer training, help and each data collector receives a computer for their use while they are doing the survey.

All the community members who participate in the survey will have their name put in a draw for a brand new I Pod. For the Health authority who participate in the community will have their name put in a draw for a new lap top 

 

 

 Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation (director in her community)Gwen

 

Gwen had the opportunity to let us know how the information in a community needs to be recognized and dealt with. During the time spent listening to Gwen I realized that some information in a community is not recognized and should be. A community should have a plan in place as to what they want to be figured out, a community should have a vision and a community plan more like a strategic approach.

Having a strategic approach for a community plan will help build strong, healthy family’s not just getting rid of problems.

 

Questions like “Why is a student missing school at this time of year” having a plan to find out answers and deal with the problem is a great way to build a healthy community.

 

 

 2009 Summit

 

Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation: is the IT manager for the Namgis First Nation, often recognized as one of the most technically advanced First Nations in BC. In his more than 30 years in the IT Industry, Jess has worked in many areas including network engineering, computer hard ware design, database development. GIS and User interface.

 

 

A community must manage the system and be relevant to users

Communities must know what they have and be able to ask the right questions. The system has to be sustainable and updated. Keep up with the growing evolution of technology. The system has to be useful and relevant to the community.

 

Keep up with the growing trend and have a long term planning in long term budgets.

 

Have the right software and hardware to keep a community updated and relevant to today’s changes will help a community in many ways. A system must be accessible for youth and elders as well as the general public of communities. To have elders connected you may get them involved by getting them together for tea for example to explain to them about Data Collection.

 

For those People who are concerned about privacy, there is a vey keep respect about this. There is a consent form for those who participate in any surveys. There is no name and just a number for all who participate. There is a protection of privacy guaranteed.

 

 

Thank you for your time and consideration I hope this article can help you!

 

 

By Carmelita Abraham

Article: What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information

Presenters: Jane Gray, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council, Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation.

 

Feb. 26, 09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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