The MDI: An Indigenous Perspective

HELP’S Commitment 

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is committed to working in partnership with First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities and Indigenous organizations and to engage in research, data collection and reporting in a culturally-responsive and safe manner. HELP’s goal is to ensure our tools and approaches are culturally safe and appropriate, embracing the principles of OCAP® and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action Framework.

To support this approach, HELP established an Aboriginal Steering Committee in 2003. Aboriginal Steering Committee members are leaders and experts, Elders and community members from First Nation and Métis communities in BC and Canada.

The Aboriginal Steering Committee guides data collection, reporting and dissemination to Indigenous communities. It has established a protocol regarding the reporting of data to support Indigenous self-determination and inform program and policy creation toward improving developmental outcomes for Indigenous children.

About Indigenous Data

Indigenous data may include children who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, some who are connected with their cultural identity and language(s), as well as some who have not yet had this opportunity. These data include Indigenous children living in communities off reserve, in urban cities and rural regions, and a small number of participating on-reserve schools across the province.

Why is MDI Data Important?

MDI data, reported in a culturally safe way, can contribute to community and Nation- based initiatives and long-term planning. These data can help identify and guide opportunities to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and families to flourish and thrive.

For More Information

Do you have questions about HELP's ASC, Indigenous Data or how to request data? Please send an email to