The Sioux Lookout Aboriginal Area Management Board hosted a gathering of First Nation representatives from across the Sioux Lookout District last week in Thunder Bay. Twenty-six First Nations met to learn how to operate the new Governance Database that will collect information about their membership across the Sioux Lookout region.
The First Nations served by SLAAMB will gather and update the database information from their own communities. The information will be submitted on-line into the main server SLAAMB office in Sioux Lookout. Information to be collected includes population statistics such as the number of children, youth, adults, and elders, specific age categories, aboriginal languages spoken, employment rates, and eligible voter data.
The Governance Database represents a new way for First Nations to collect information and generate reports for the wide-spanning region. Each community receives a database, operation manual and training DVD for use in their communities.
"The Chiefs of the Sioux Lookout Area have recognized the need for factual data collection for planning purposes in the North. The Governance Database will be a practical tool in the communities to maintain information about their membership, and at the same time allow us to generate our own statistics." says Bob Bruyere, SLAAMB Coordinator.The database was created by Nationbase Software Solutions. To read the entire press release click here.