Understanding Indigenous Data Sovereignty (Rebroadcast) (DDN3-E18)

Product code: DDN3-E18

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June 20, 2023


10:30 am to 11:30 am (ET)

Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages

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1 hour



All public servants at all levels



Indigenous data sovereignty is a key component of Indigenous self-determination, supporting effective program and service design by Indigenous Peoples that reflects their communities’ unique needs, perspectives and circumstances.

Indigenous Peoples have long emphasized the importance of data for equitable access to resources and services, and as a key part of their cultural heritage. Recognition of the importance of Indigenous control over their own data is referred to as Indigenous data sovereignty. Support for Indigenous data sovereignty is now a government-wide priority, as reflected in the Data Strategy Framework for the Federal Public Service.

This virtual session is a rebroadcast, coinciding with National Indigenous History Month, from the 2023 Data Conference. Panellists will explain how Indigenous communities and organizations have leveraged the power of data to improve the lives of Indigenous People.

Participants will learn about real-life examples of Indigenous data sovereignty in action and from discussions around data governance and the building of data infrastructure in Indigenous communities.


  • Tahu Kukutai, Professor of Demography, Te Ngira: Institute for Population Research, University of Waikato, Aotearoa, New Zealand
  • Angie Bruce, Assistant Deputy Minister, National Resources Canada
  • Jacqueline Quinless, Founder, Quintessential Research Group
  • Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, British Columbia First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative Champion


  • Erin O’Sullivan, Director, Indigenous Services Canada
Date modified: 2023-02-09