Research, Knowledge Exchange, and Evaluation

What is Knowledge?

Knowledge is the combination of information and understanding about ourselves, our communities, and our land that guides the way we conduct ourselves and the decisions we make.

What is Our Mission?

To support appropriate ways of gathering and managing knowledge that helps leaders and planners strengthen the health and wellness of BC First Nations.

What does it mean to Gather and Manage Knowledge?

We gather knowledge by both generating new knowledge and collecting existing knowledge. We manage knowledge through sharing and protecting it.

What is Research and how is it Different from Gathering Knowledge?

Research is a systematic and thorough study whose primary objective is to generate new knowledge that is used to answer a research question and test a hypothesis. Research is not, however, the only way we gather knowledge. We also gather knowledge through activities like program evaluation and quality improvement.

Why is Gathering and Managing Knowledge Important?

By gathering knowledge we can learn new and creative ways to improve our health programs, policies, and practices. First Nations Peoples' experiences with research have not always been positive. Many First Nations, however, are taking control of their own research to make it beneficial and meaningful to their communities. The First Nations Health Authority aims to support First Nations to redefine how research is conducted in communities, regions, and the province. By sharing and protecting our knowledge, we respect cultural perspectives and values and strengthen traditional ways of knowing.  We also provide communities with tools that support their journey toward self-determination and intellectual sovereignty.

Making Knowledge Our Own

The British Columbia Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance lists carrying out research and policy development in the area of First Nations health and wellness to be one of the roles of the FNHA. In addition, the signing of the Tripartite Data Quality and Sharing Agreement (TDQSA) represents a commitment by the Tripartite partners to work collaboratively to enhance the ability of First Nations in BC to conduct health research and data management activities.

The FNHA aims to support research that is relevant, meaningful and beneficial to First Nations in accordance with the Seven Directives, as well as the principle of First Nations Health Information Governance stipulated in the TDQSA.

FNREES (First Nations Regional Early Childhood Education and Employment Survey)

BC Provincial RHS Reports:


Phase 3 (2015-2017) BC Provincial Report ​PDF (24 mb)

Phase 2 (2008-2010) PDF (6.93 mb)

Phase 2 Summary Report PDF (1.74 mb)

Phase 1 (2002-2003) – Produced by the First Nations Chief's Health Committee (PDF ​1.63 ​​MB)

What to Expect in the Future

• A research agenda and strategy that is community-driven and reflects the research priorities of First Nations communities through regional engagement;
• Enhanced support and training and opportunities for First Nations researchers;
• Infrastructure within the FNHA to support research excellence for First Nations in BC; and
• Ongoing relationship building and collaboration with researchers, academic institutions, and First Nation communities.

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