HEALTH INFORMATION RESEARCH GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE (HIRGC)

Since 1996, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Chiefs-in-Assembly mandated the Manitoba First Nations Health Information Research Committee (HIRGC) to be the Manitoba Regional Ethics Board, reviewing proposals, and encouraging First Nations leadership and partnership in research according to First Nations priorities and values.

In 2007, the AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly provided further guidance for Respectful Research Relationships with and led by First Nations:

  • Free Prior Informed Consent (on collective and individual basis);

  • First Nations OCAP principles that First Nations have Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession of their own data;

  • First Nations ethical standards (whether Cree, Dakota, Dene, Anishinaabe or Oji-Cree).

  • Benefits to First Nations within and after research is undertaken.

In 2013, AMC Chiefs-in-Assembly established the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, Nanaandawewigamig, with the vision to restore holistic health of First Nations people, communities, and Nations.

 

HIRGC has broaden its mandate to holistic health research other than health care determining our health - including all that impacts our lives:  

  • The health of Mother Earth and all the gifts of the Creator.

  • The four spheres of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

  • Social determinants such as housing, education, income, etc.

  • Impacts of colonization and ongoing colonialism, racism, oppression, etc.

CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

Doris Young, Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Patricia Dorion, Swampy Cree Tribal Council

Rene Linklater, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation

Guy Gosselin, Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation

Gloria Rach, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council

Elvin Flett, St. Theresa Point First Nation

Sarah Samuel, Northlands Denesuline First Nation

Vanessa Tait, Academic

Youth Representative, Vacant

The AMC Health Information Research Governance Committee (HIRGC) was:

  • founded in the mid 1990’s was mandated by the Manitoba Chiefs-in-Assembly to oversee the Regional Health Survey,

  • To provide oversight and guidance to holistic health research rather than focusing on health care system to determine our health and well-being. HIRGC looks at all factors impacting our lives:

    • the health of Mother Earth and all the gifts of Creator

    • the four spheres of health- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual

    • social determinant- housing, education, income, etc. and

    • Impacts of colonization and ongoing colonialism, racism, oppression, etc.

  • to promote First Nations benefits through research, including partnerships based on

    • (i) free, prior informed consent;

    • (ii) First Nations OCAP principles that First Nations have Ownership, Control, Access and Possession of their own data; and,

    • (iii) First Nations ethical standards (as per AMC Chiefs Resolution Jan.07-01).

The HIRGC committee is made up of First Nations citizens with a background in culture, education, housing, economic development/business or environment.