Jonathan Dewar

Jonathan Dewar

Chief Executive Officer at First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC)

In January 2024, Jonathan Dewar, PhD, returned to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the First Nations Information Governance Centre, having previously been with the organization from 2017-2022. The FNIGC leads national-level research, designing and implementing national surveys, including the longstanding First Nations Regional Health Survey, as well as related research initiatives, and provides information governance, information management, and OCAP® education and training.

He has spent most of his 20+ year career directing research and knowledge translation initiatives for national Indigenous-led organizations. During that time, his work has focused on governance, strategic planning, health and wellbeing, data sovereignty, Indigenous arts, and truth, healing, and reconciliation.

Jonathan has previously served as the Director General and Vice President, Collections, Research, Exhibitions, and Repatriation at the Canadian Museum of History; Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University; and Director of Research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, among other leadership roles. 

Jonathan received a doctorate from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University and holds an appointment as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

Jonathan is of Scottish- and French-Canadian heritage and a member of the Huron-Wendat Nation. He was born and raised in Ottawa, the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation.

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