THE HISTORY OF THE FIRST NATIONS STATISTICAL INSTITUTE
To increase First Nations participation in the 1991 Census, Statistics Canada initiates regional statistical systems discussions with First Nations groups in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. One of these projects is the Shuswap Nation information system in B.C.
Statistics Canada conducts the first Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS), aiming to build profiles of over 600 Aboriginal communities, supporting the planning and development of programs and services for and by Aboriginal people.
First Nations and government begin to collaborate on statistical projects. The First Nations and Inuit Health Survey is developed.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) resolution is passed, calling for a new fiscal relationship with Canada. Subsequently, the resolution called for the development of a national statistical organization, to help make First Nations data more comparable to that of other governments.
The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) recognizes the need for data and information management in the evolution of Aboriginal governance and fiscal matters, and makes subsequent recommendations for a statistical initiative.
By resolution, the AFN supports the creation of the National Table of Fiscal Relations, a group consisting of First Nations and government leaders tasked to explore ways to improve the fiscal relationship.
A resolution is passed at the AFN, supporting the creation of a First Nations statistical institute.
The second Aboriginal Peoples Survey is conducted, mainly in response to a recommendation made in the final report of RCAP calling for the building of statistical capacity in Aboriginal communities.