SGIGs will also want to enter data-sharing arrangements with other governments and agencies. This could mean accessing data they hold about your citizens or sharing data you hold in order to achieve strategic goals of your SGIG (e.g. sharing socioeconomic data with a provincial/territorial health agency). In developing this arrangement, we recommend that it is clear regarding what data will be shared, in what forms, and how it can and can’t be used.
Use these resources to get you started on your government’s data sharing agreements:
- Framework for a Data Sharing Agreement: The Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre provides template language for an agreement and key factors to consider.
- Data Sharing Agreement, Urban Indigenous Health Database Project
- Guidance on Preparing Information Sharing Agreements Involving Personal Information: This Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat document provides advice on preparing federal information sharing agreements, including how to decide whether personal information should be shared and how to comply with privacy policies.
- Guidance Document on Information Sharing Agreements: The Office of the Information & Privacy Commission for BC outlines the purpose of information sharing agreements, their role in complying with privacy legislation, and recommended provisions to include in an agreement.
- First Nations in Quebec and Labrador’s Research Protocol, 2014: Provides extensive guidelines for performing research in an ethical manner that preserves data sovereignty.
- Pledge of Confidentiality: An example for sharing data for research purposes from Population Data BC.