Aapooyaki Bonnie Healy
Health Director, Blackfoot Confederacy
Former Executive Director, Alberta First Nation Information Governance Centre; Chair of Board of Directors, First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) Committee Member AFN-ISC New Fiscal Relations
Aapooyaki is a Registered Nurse from the Kainai Nation. Bonnie’s professional background is multi-faceted as she has worked in numerous health capacities at the local, national, and international levels. Actively involved in her Niitsiitaapi (Blackfoot) ways of knowing. She is the former Executive Director of the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre's (AFNIGC). She is currently the Blackfoot Confederacy Health Director. She has been fortunate to present research and community success stories to governments, institutions, First Nation communities, and non-profit organizations.
Bonnie fulfilled the role as the Chair for the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) July 2017 – August 2020. Bonnie’s passion is to support First Nation communities and provide them with tools that they can implement to further support community’s in information data sovereignty and Indigenous research methodologies.
Bonnie’s experience and expertise in First Nations information systems gives her a clear understanding and strong passion for using data as a tool for igniting change. Ms. Healy’s work with leadership and First Nations communities provides the ability to liaise and facilitate relationships between Western systems and First Nations identified priorities to support the recognition of First Nations’ jurisdiction and governance in the collection and use of First Nations information and data throughout research initiatives.
Bonnie is an advocate, collaborator, and strongly believes that through partnerships we can positively impact health outcomes for First Nations in Alberta and across Canada.