to the Data Governance and Management Toolkit for Self-Governing Indigenous Governments!



“How are you?” in the ʔayʔaǰuθəm language


“Welcome” in the Inuttitut language

Han, timahed hiyub

“Hello, come on in” in the Dakota language (female)

Ho, timahed hiyu po

“Everyone is welcome to come in” in the Dakota language (male)

Nakhwanyàa’in geeniit shòh ìidilii

“We are happy to see you” in the Gwich’in language

m̓i ce:p kʷətxʷiləm

“Welcome” in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language

Nëkhwëtr’ënoh’ay häiit shò tri’ìnlay

“We are happy to see you” in the Hän language

Dákwaänī’į yū shäw ghàniddhän

“We are happy to see you” in the Southern Tutchone language

Dàye yésóots’enindhän, dàkhwäts’enè’in yū

“It’s good to see you” in the Northern Tutchone language

Dahgáts’enehtän yéh gutie

“We are happy to see you” in the Kaska language

Yak’ê ixhwsatìní

“We are happy to see you” in the Tlingit language.

What is this Toolkit?

This Toolkit supports Indigenous governments to use and manage socioeconomic data to improve life for their peoples, and in ways that reflect their cultural traditions.

This Toolkit has been created by and for Self-Governing Indigenous Governments (SGIGs). While some of the content is specific to this context, much of it will be useful for other Indigenous governments and organizations as well.

Indigenous voices in the evaluation framework, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of the results of these processes is of vital importance.

Shannon West-Johnson
Nisga’a Citizen
Research Assistant, Nisga’a Lisims Government

Why Data?

SGIGs need data to inform the best possible decisions in support of the well-being of their peoples, communities, and territories. These data have to reflect members’ teachings, worldview, and experience of the world today. They have to be relevant to members’ needs, interests, priorities. They have to be easily accessible and usable by the SGIG. This is only achieved when Indigenous governments take the lead in the collection, analysis, and reporting of data. Only then is it most relevant in shaping priorities and plans, informing funding choices, driving advocacy and negotiation agendas, and measuring progress. 

From oral to written history, information and data sharing have connected Labrador Inuit communities and society.

Todd Broomfield
Nunatsiavut Beneficiary
Director of Renewable Resources, Nunatsiavut Government

What’s in the Toolkit?

About this ToolkitExplains why this toolkit was developed, how it can help you, and how to use it.

Getting Started – Introduces some key foundational topics and then takes you through the process of self-assessment and planning your first steps forward.

Applied Tools – Developed by the SGIG’s Data Steering Committee in 2023, this suite of applied tools supports SGIGs in understanding and reporting on community well-being.

Data Governance – Outlines the key components of a data governance framework, and discusses privacy protection, relevant areas of legislation, contracts and agreements, data sharing, and standards and best practices.

Data Management – Introduces the data management lifecycle, provides an overview of types of software for data management, provides resources to help with IT procurement, and discusses data quality; data storage, backup, and preservation; and data security and privacy.

Acquiring and Working with Data – Introduces how to design and track indicators, reviews different sources of data from across Canada, discusses how to collect and use existing data within your government, and introduces data analysis methods and how to communicate with data.

Building Capacity – Describes key data job functions, lists available training options, lists sources of capacity support, and provides change management tools and resources to help your government make the transition to new processes.

The Resources page is a catalogue of all downloadable resources and links included in this website. Visitors are particularly invited to consult the Webinar Series and Community of Practice videos. 

Real and fictional case studies are used throughout the Toolkit to illustrate the content. The Case Studies page includes all case studies used in the Toolkit, catalogued by keywords. The fictional Sulingituk Case Studies can also be viewed and downloaded as a single narrative.


The Data Governance and Management Toolkit will continue to grow and change over time as SGIGs grow their data capacity and give full expression to their right of data sovereignty. The Toolkit will continue to cater to the diverse needs and interests of SGIGs, who are all on their unique data governance and management journeys, ensuring SGIGs have access to a dynamic set of resources that support their data sovereignty, from foundational knowledge to specialized, applied tools.