Gillian Corless is seconded from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) as Senior Advisor, Indigenous Research and Ethics. She holds an MA from McGill University in community-based policy and planning, and has held key roles in Indigenous governance and community engagement in decision-making for more than 20 years.
Since June 2017, Gillian has been leading the development of an Indigenous research ethics review process at FNHA to reflect the needs and priorities of First Nations communities in BC in health and wellness research and knowledge development. Previously, Gillian was the Director of Policy for the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth in the land claim territory of Nunavut. In this role, she travelled across the Arctic extensively, engaging with Inuit families, Elders and youth, with the goal of ensuring community perspective and priorities were reflected in government decision-making tables.
In her role with the UBC Human Early Learning Partnership, Gillian led the implementation and ethics for Aboriginal data governance for two significant BC child and youth population health research studies. Through executive support and leadership, Gillian played a critical role in the governance by the provincial Aboriginal Steering Committee, a committee comprised of Indigenous experts from the community to oversee significant data sharing agreement development and knowledge exchange.
In her role for nine years at UBC, Gillian developed her interest and knowledge of Indigenous governance in data management and knowledge exchange, while deepening her understanding of Indigenous approaches to research ethics including, OCAP®, Indigenous-led research ethics models, and Indigenous community self-determination.