THIS AGREEMENT is made effective as of: October 18, 2021


National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)
275 McLaren Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0L9


Sisco & Associates Consulting Inc. (SISCO)
245 Tecumseh Ave. E
London, ON

In Relation To: The Feminist Response and Recovery: Environmental Scan Project


In October 2021, National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) hired Sisco & Associates Consulting Inc. (SISCO) to support the NAFC Feminist Response and Recovery: Environmental Scan project. The NAFC is a network of over 100 Indigenous-owned Friendship Centres and Provincial/Territorial Associations that offer programs, services and supports to urban Indigenous people. SISCO is a consulting firm specializing in Indigenous community-based consulting.

SISCO has been contracted by the NAFC to conduct an environmental scan of urban Indigenous women and gender diverse participation and leadership within the friendship centre movement (FCM) and to produce a report. The NAFC will use this report to honour the contributions of Indigenous women and gender diverse Individuals to the FCM, and to promote greater awareness in the broader social, economic and political fields about these contributions.

This Data Sharing Agreement between the NAFC and SISCO includes the terms of data collection, management and sharing incumbent on SISCO for the duration of the NAFC Feminist Response and Recovery: Environmental Scan project, from October 2021 through March 2022.


Data Ownership

NAFC and SISCO acknowledge and respect that participating First Nation, Métis, and Inuit groups maintain ultimate ownership of any data collected regarding their respective ancestral lands, communities, and Peoples, while also taking into consideration urban settings. SISCO will be sharing data with the NAFC in accordance with this agreement, and the NAFC has discretion to share back First Nation Métis, and Inuit community- and organization-based data in accordance with their current policies and practices, including but not limited to OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession), USAI (Utility, Self-Voicing, Access, Inter-Relationality) and other First Nation, Métis, and Inuit community-based protocols.

Project Team

The table below outlines the project team by organization, including names, positions, roles and email contacts.

Francyne Joe,
Partnership Manager
Project Authority
Ashley Sisco
Principal & CEO
Project Manager
Gaelle Mushyirahamwe,
Research Assistant
Key Contact
Bryanne Smart,
Research Associate
Project Lead
Paige Kezima,
Membership Officer
Secondary Contact
Tiffany Pollock,
Research Associate


Data Management Protocols:

The project data management protocols are summarized in the table below.



Data Points

Data Storage

Data Analysis


Participatory & Community-based


Community dialogue


Facilitation of online focus groups in sharing circles style


Facilitation of one-on-one interviews in research conversation style, as required

Drawing on Indigenous methodologies, including research conversations (informal two-way dialogue) and principles of sharing circles in online focus groups


10 online engagements with urban Indigenous women and gender diverse partners and participants in leadership roles

Stories and experiences of Indigenous women and gender diverse individuals in leadership in urban spaces, including strengths, barriers, and challenges SISCOnnect, a physical server provides a secure, password protected & encrypted network access system for file storing & sharing

Secure office for print files with a lock and filing system (do not print out data)


After end of reporting period (March 2022), SISCO will share data back with NAFC on an encrypted USB and erase data files from SISCOnnect

Preliminary analysis among team


Key findings session with NAFC and select research participants



Interim meeting with NAFC to determine document / contact lists


Bi-weekly check-ins


Preliminary analysis


Collaborative session


Draft & final report with community profiles


Participant briefing



Work Plan

The workplan below provides a breakdown of services and deliverables for this project by phase between October 2021 and March 2022.



Phase I: Project Planning & Preparation (Oct. 1 – 29, 2021)

  • Meet with NAFC Team to:
    • Finalize initial work and engagement plans;
    • identify a list of and obtain documents and data for the document review; and
    • identify a preliminary list of key informants for research focus groups.
  • Develop a focus group guide and data sharing agreement that will lead the work.
  • Final Work Plan
  • Target Document and Data Review List
  • Potential participants contact list
  • Focus Group Guide
  • Data Sharing Agreement
Phase II: Knowledge Gathering, Storytelling & Community Profile (Nov. 1, 2021 – Mar. 31, 2022)
  • Conduct a document and data review of all key documents and data provided by NAFC.
  • Conduct up to ten (10) online engagements (interviews and / or focus groups), with urban Indigenous women and gender diverse partners and participants.
  • Conduct preliminary analysis and present key findings and recommendations to NAFC Project Team and select participants for input.
  • Develop and share back Participant Briefing summarizing the key findings.
  • Draft Community Profile and coordinate revisions with NAFC Project Team.
  • Finalize Community Profile, incorporating NAFC Project Team input.
  • Document Review
  • 10 Online Engagements
  • Presentation / Collaborative Session with NAFC Project Team / Participants
  • Draft Community Profiles Report
  • Final Community Profiles Report
  • Participant Briefing



SISCO agrees that they have utilized and will continue to utilize the following measures to ensure confidentiality of data is protected:

  • Exercise at least the same degree of care as it uses with its own data and confidential information and always protect data from misuse and unauthorized access of disclosure.
  • Not release the names of individuals, or information that could be linked to an individual, nor present the results of data analysis in any manner that would reveal the identity of individuals.
  • Not release data to a third party without prior approval from the data provider.
  • Not share, publish, or otherwise release any findings or conclusions derived from analysis of data obtained from the data provider without prior approval from the data provider.

While its terms may be satisfied prior to this date, as anticipated in the workplan (October 2021 – March 2022), this Agreement is intended to survive beyond the duration of the life of the project up until the data can be returned to the NAFC and / or destroyed in accordance with its terms.

Accepted and agreed to:


Ashley Sisco
Owner & Principal Consultant,
Sisco & Associates Consulting Services Inc.


Francyne Joe
Partnerships Manager
National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC)


Date: 10/28/2021