Access to Information Survey

2022 National Survey for Claims Researchers on Access to Information and the Privacy Act

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The purpose of this survey is to gather information about Indigenous people’s experience using Canada’s access to information (ATI) procedures to obtain records from government departments and public bodies (such as Crown corporations). This survey is specifically concerned with access to federal records for the purpose of substantiating claims against the Crown, mostly focusing on specific claims.

“Access to information” describes a legal right of access to information held by government departments and other public bodies. In Canada, requests for government information (other than personal information and a suite of other exceptions) may be made under the federal Access to Information Act. Informal access to information procedures are also used by Indigenous researchers to facilitate access to government records.


We estimate that the survey will take about 35-45 minutes to complete. The information you provide is essential in our advocacy work to remove existing barriers to Indigenous peoples’ access to information and ensure Indigenous peoples’ information rights are upheld.

For fully completing the survey you will automatically be entered into a lottery to win one of three $250 gift cards! Thank you for your participation.

Please answer whatever questions you can; all information you can offer is very helpful.

Confidentiality: All information you provide will be kept anonymous. No individuals, Nations, or organizations will be identified by name in any materials related to this survey.

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