Chair of Board of Directors, First Nations Information Governance Centre
Bonnie Healy is a First Nations Blackfoot woman from the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe) in Southern Alberta. Bonnie’s professional background is multi-faceted as she has worked in numerous health capacities at the local, national, and international levels. She has been fortunate to present research and community success stories to governments, institutions, First Nation communities, and non-profit organizations.
Bonnie is currently the lead for the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (AFNIGC). This position has taught Bonnie the importance of data and how it can positively support First Nation communities in Alberta. Bonnie’s passion is to support First Nation communities and provide them with tools that they can implement to further support community sovereignty and governance.
Bonnie’s experience and expertise in First Nations information systems gives her a clear understanding and strong passion for using data as a tool for igniting change. In doing so, this information has provided a voice for Alberta’s First Nations Leadership to the right of self-determination, control, and jurisdiction in reliable research and accurate statistics. This work is derived from the Alberta Chief’s mandate to uphold the First Nations principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP®) of First Nations data, information, and traditional knowledge. Ms. Healy’s work with leadership and First Nations communities provides the ability to liaise and facilitate relationships between Western systems and First Nations identified priorities to support the recognition of First Nations’ jurisdiction and governance in the collection and use of First Nations information and data throughout research initiatives.
Bonnie is an advocate, collaborator, and strongly believes that through partnerships we can positively impact health outcomes for First Nations in Alberta and across Canada.