The Chiefs of Ontario is looking for individuals, youth and Elders/First Nation Knowledge Keepers that have knowledge and experience in First Nation health research, research practices, community-based research, experience with the Regional Health Survey (RHS), reviewing and writing research projects, knowledge of First Nation research ethics to sit on the First Nation Data Governance Committee.

Research and surveillance involving First Nations communities has become a sought after demographic. First Nation communities are becoming more involved and want to make sure that research conducted and information collected is benefiting their communities. Due to this rapid change in the environment involving First Nation research the leadership has mandated and continues to support the Chiefs of Ontario in its work with the First Nation Data Governance Committee.


The First Nation Data Governance Committee will be guided by the principles of ownership, control, access and, possession (OCAP®) and will provide advice, guidance and recommendations on regional research and surveillance projects. The Committee’s role will be to:

  1. Review regional research/surveillance projects requesting First Nation data;
  2. Provide advice and recommendations on the development of tools that will assist First Nation communities with research; and
  3. Oversee the implementation of Phase IV, Regional Health Survey (RHS) and provide analysis and advice in the drafting of Phase IV, RHS Report.

Individuals who are successful will be selected by the Chiefs Committee on Health (CCOH) for a three (3) year term. Individuals will be compensated for travel expenses, meals and accommodations when attending the Data Governance Committee meetings.


If you interested in this exciting opportunity, please review the Terms of Reference attached and submit your resume outlining your knowledge, experience, interest and any information that might help with selection, along with two references:

Roseanne Sutherland
Research Manager, Health
Chiefs of Ontario
468 Queen St. East, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5A 1T7

For more information, please contact Roseanne Sutherland at 416-986-9856 or email First Nation Data Governance Committee – Terms of Reference attached for reference

Download Call for Membership FNDGC here: Call for Membership – First Nations Data Governance Committee