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Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Data Governance

November 14, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This meeting will be held virtually with no in-person component and will not be recorded. Instructions on how to view this webinar will be sent to registrants upon registration and 1-2 days prior to the meeting. If registration is closed or you have any questions, please email

This is a special joint event with the Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria KnowledgeNet Chapters.


Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Data Governance

In her interim report titled “Sacred Responsibility: Searching for the Missing Children and Unmarked Burials”, the Special Interlocutor identified 12 areas of common concern that created barriers to the recovery efforts to find the missing children and unmarked burials related to Indian Residential Schools. One of these areas was the need to affirm Indigenous Data Sovereignty. This was in addition to barriers caused by privacy laws developed or implemented without consulting Indigenous peoples. She urged Canadians not to be bystanders in the effort to overcome these barriers.

What is Indigenous Data Sovereignty and how is it relevant to privacy? What does “not being a bystander” mean for privacy professionals and the role we play to ensure these rights, which are enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, are respected?

Indigenous Data Sovereignty is the right of Indigenous people to own and govern data about their communities. It means Indigenous peoples are the stewards of data collection and the research done using their data. The inherent right to ownership, control, access and possession of Indigenous data triggers the obligation to obtain free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous people’s to use of their data.

Attendees will come away with key understanding on the complex history, current context, needs, and the importance of establishing data governance processes that respect Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

Thank you to TD Bank for providing the virtual platform.


Gwen Phillips, BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative Champion, Ktunaxa Nation


Abigail Dubiniecki, CIPP/E, CIPM, Privacy Lawyer and Consultant


14:00-15:00 EST


November 14, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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