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This section identifies potential sources for external capacity supports, and lists considerations for selecting a consultant.

First Nations Information Governance Centre

The FNIGC’s A First Nations Data Governance Strategy, released in 2020, is a national strategy that envisions a First Nations-led, national network of regional information governance centres across the country equipped with the knowledge, skills, and infrastructure needed to serve the information needs of First Nations people and communities. Fundamental building blocks of the Strategy will be implemented as early as fiscal 2021-2022. As the Strategy is implemented, the regional governance centres will become a source of capacity support for First Nation SGIGs.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

ITK’s National Inuit Strategy on Research, released in 2018, identifies practical steps to advance Inuit self-determination in research as the means for fostering respectful and beneficial research that serves the needs and priorities of Inuit. Objectives of the Strategy include advancing Inuit governance in research; ensuring Inuit access, ownership, and control over data and information; and building capacity in Inuit Nunangat research.

Statistics Canada

If you are not able to find the Statistics Canada data you are looking for online, reach out to one of the resources below. The information you are looking for might be available for free, even if it is not publicly available online.

Indigenous Liaison Program

The Indigenous Liaison Program serves as a bridge between Statistics Canada and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, and Indigenous organizations. They can help you with:

  • Finding and accessing Statistics Canada data.
  • Directing you to resources within Statistics Canada.

Custom Services

Statistics Canada provides custom survey and analysis services on a cost-recovery basis. They can help you to plan and design your own survey and to analyze the results.

Assistance with Statistics Canada Data

If you are working with Statistics Canada data, Statistics Canada can help with:

  • Directing you to the most appropriate resources.
  • Custom data requests (requesting Statistics Canada data that is not publicly available).
  • Data linkages (linking one data set to another data set).
  • Analytical reports.

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)

Modern Treaties Implementation Office (MTIO)

For modern treaty organizations, MTIO offers training on performance measurement, including how to develop logic models and define outcomes and indicators. Contact Chol Yong for more information Chol.Yong@canada.ca.

Indigenous Statistics and Research Unit (INSTAT)

INSTAT provides Indigenous organizations with assistance packaging Statistics Canada data. Contact INSTAT@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.

Provincial and Territorial Statistics Agencies

Provincial and Territorial Statistics Agencies are sometimes able to provide support for data collection, analysis, and training on a cost-recovery basis (see External Data Sources for details).


You may need to bring in consultants to provide outside expertise for some aspects of your data governance and management work, especially when you are setting up new processes.

For tools specifically to help select IT consultants, see the IT procurement section.

The following information provides a starting place for your consultant:

  • Socioeconomic priorities and indicators:
    • What information do you need to extract from the system?
    • What information may need to be collected from other primary or external data sources?
  • The results of your self-assessment (see “self-assessment” section):
    • Existing policies and plans related to data governance and management systems.

Professional Associations

Professional associations have expert practitioners and members. They promote standards and best practices. They are a good source of information and support. There are two professional associations for data governance and three for information governance and archives.

Data Management Association International (DAMA)

The Data Management Association International (DAMA) is a non-profit organization that provides training and certification for data management professionals. DAMA has Canadian chapters in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. DAMA offers training for a Certified Data Management Professional.


The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) is a non-profit organization that provides IT training and certification for data governance professionals. Like DAMA, ISACA has chapters across Canada. ISACA offers training and certification for:


  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)
  • Cybersecurity Practitioner Certification (CSX-P)


  • COBIT Certificate
  • CSX Nexus Cybersecurity Certificate
  • Cybersecurity Audit Certificate Program

ARMA International (ARMA)

The information governance professional association is ARMA International (ARMA). ARMA is a non-profit organization that provides information and certification for information governance professionals. ARMA has chapters across Canada and holds annual conferences. ARMA offers training and certification for:


  • Information Governance Professional (IGP)
  • Information Specialist Designation


  • Essentials of Information Governance Certificate
  • Essentials of Records & Information Management (RIM) Certificate
  • Essentials of the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® Certificate
  • Professional Leadership Certificate

Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM)

ICRM is a non-profit organization that certifies professional information and records managers. It offers the Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Certified Records Analyst (CRA) designations.

Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)

The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) is a non-profit organization that enhances the archival profession in Canada and provides leadership of the profession, including government advocacy and education programs.

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