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Wabano, Ontario, June 7, 2017 event

June 7th, 2017 - Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
299 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, K1L 6B8
(8:30am - 5:00pm)

First Nations, private companies hatch a plan for 'data sovereignty'

One day, the early 21st century will likely be viewed as the industrial revolution of data.

Smart phones and the internet have made information abundant in ways never before seen.

Everyday two and a half exabytes of data are produced – the equivalent to filling up 5 million laptops.

It’s a staggering amount.

The challenge is how to wrangle it all…and put it to good use.

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Safety in numbers: First Nations communities look to analytics to reduce risk of their most vulnerable

For indigenous women and children most at risk of violence, there is safety in numbers.

At least that’s the hope of an innovative indigenous-led project to harness the power of big data to first identify, then protect indigenous communities’ most vulnerable members.

Too many indigenous people “have fallen through the cracks of society,” Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day said at a forum on data analytics last week at Ottawa’s Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

“Far too many of our peoples are victims of senseless hate crimes,” Day said. “Far too many go missing and murdered.”

The Indigenous Controlled Technology Forum, which attracted native leaders, senior members of the RCMP, OPP and Ottawa police, along with Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, took place against the sombre backdrop of the first hearings of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.

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Indigenous leaders look to harness power of data to prevent tragedy

Indigenous leaders and tech companies came together in Ottawa Wednesday for a forum on how to use data to improve health and welfare, and prevent violence in Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous Controlled Technology Forum at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health connected community leaders and data analytics experts to review case studies and discuss best practices around community data and information, specifically when it comes to the care of children.

"We have information, we have the wherewithal, the technology, now we're seeing that we have many partners saying the same thing: let's build an information management system where First Nations have control, we're working with other jurisdictions to make sure that we have a better quality of life for First Nations children," said Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.

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BlackBerry Joins Vulnerable Persons Project

It’s a quiet plague of violence that has raged in the margins of Canadian society for generations. Over the last three decades, Canada’s aboriginal women and girls have accounted for at least 16 percent of the country’s female murder victims, despite being just 4 percent of its total female population.

That’s according to statistics compiled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As disturbing as those numbers are, critics say because of flawed estimations and incomplete data the actual number of victims is unknown.

Governments and police have not always been viewed as friends of Indigenous communities. The tragic history of residential schools and the Indian Act weigh heavy on the current relationship with the crown and law enforcement agencies. Fortunately, there are progressive leaders in all communities that wish to embrace respect, equality and self-sufficiency.

BlackBerry supports many nations across the globe. Under Section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act of 1867, Indigenous peoples are defined as First Nation, Metis Nation and Inuit. BlackBerry views the approximately 1.4 million individuals or 4% of the Canadian population that define themselves as Indigenous as one of Canada’s most dynamic, fastest-growing populations.

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Protecting Vulnerable Persons with Modern, Private Communications and Data Analytics

Though they make up only 4% of Canada’s female population, Canadian indigenous women and girls have accounted for at least 16% of the country’s female murder victims over the past 30 years. And that number is just an estimate. The real figure could be much higher.

This needs to change. That’s why earlier this year, BlackBerry joined the Vulnerable Persons Project. Working side-by-side with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) and with enterprise partners such as Forrest Green, we have spent the past several months striving to implement the technology required for both socioeconomic growth and the protection of vulnerable people within Indigenous communities.

One of the core issues we needed to address from the start was communication. Many vulnerable person investigations are either hindered or halted because the Indigenous community tends to be remote, geographically isolated, and lacking in connectivity. The challenge is compounded when Indigenous communities desire greater control of their own data but are unable to gain access to the information held by government departments or ministries. Rudimentary analytics are impossible if access to the data is prevented.

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SAS for Child Safety

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Leveraging big data to predict the risk of suicide among Canadian youth

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in Canada, according to Statistics Canada, accounting for one fifth of deaths of people under the age of 25 in 2011. The Canadian Mental Health Association says that among 15 – 24 year olds the number is an even more frightening at 24 percent – the third highest in the industrialized world. Yet despite these disturbing statistics, the signals that an individual plans on self-injury or suicide are hard to isolate.

Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government to help improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada, created the Data Impact Challenge to try to discover answers to questions like this. After asking Canadian individuals and organizations to submit the questions they'd like to see answered, and then to vote on the submissions to choose the final group, authorized users of Canadian health care data sets were invited to answer any one, or more of the challenge questions for an opportunity to earn a share in over $95,000 in awards. Submissions were then evaluated by a panel of data experts and academic judges.

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