Training on the protection of personal information given to communities

Par Chantal Cleary | déc. 14, 2015

Both at home and at work, we are constantly overloaded with information, whether from our conversations with parents, friends, colleagues, clients, etc., or from the events that unfold around us. Every day, the widespread use of information systems and Internet access bring us face to face with various types of documentation: reports, records, audio and video files, messages on social media, etc.

Confronted with this constant onslaught of information, how do we determine what should be kept secret? What does it mean to keep something confidential? Why must we ensure the protection of privacy and personal information at all times? The FNQLHSSC has developed the Training on protection of personal information in First Nations communities and organizations  to provide participants with answers to these questions. In total, three modules, each covering a specific theme, have been created.

Module 1 focuses on the very notion of privacy and its importance for us all. Module 2 provides an overview of the legal framework that defines the obligations and responsibilities of band council or First Nations organization employees in terms of protecting personal information. In module 3, participants are made more familiar with the Framework for the protection of information held by a Quebec First Nation community or organization, adopted by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) on June 12, 2012. The training content is primarily delivered through the use of workshops and group discussions that encourage everyone to participate and take into consideration the cultural context that is specific to each First Nations community.

The workshops are available in both French and English. Michel Deschênes, Program and Policy Analyst at the FNQLHSSC, and Elisabeth Patterson, lawyer, have been designated to lead the French and English workshops, respectively. This training is offered free of charge by the FNQLHSSC, but interested communities are responsible for organizing the session and defraying associated costs (forming a group of participants, reserving a room, etc.). Groups must have a minimum of about 10 participants, with the ideal group size being 15 to 20 participants. Several communities may band together to form one group.


The FNQLHSSC’s objective during this first year was to offer five French workshops and five English workshops. Two French workshops have already been given in June, in Sept-Îles, and an English workshop was scheduled for early November. Other workshops can also be offered in your communities. The trainers will be available to that end in the weeks indicated below.


In English:


Week of January 18

Week of January 25

Week of February 1st

Week of February 8

Week of February 15


Week of February 22

Week of March 14

Week of March 21

Week of March 28


For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Michel Deschênes, Program and Policy Analyst.