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Access to the Database is available on an as-requested basis. We are deeply committed to upholding the sacredness of the data, and do not grant access to individuals or institutions who have not sufficiently demonstrated that they are able to work with and care for the data in a good way, consistent with Indigenous values. This is also out of respect for families, who have a right to having their loved one's story handled with care and sensitivity. 


We have shared the Data Sharing Protocols the SBI Board developed on this page; just click the light purple box at the bottom of this page and the document will open in a new page. 


When making a request for data, please share as much of the following information as you can:

  • Type of Data: Do you need all cases from a specific geographic area, tribe, or time period? Are you only looking for data on a particular relevant issue--for example, police brutality or sexual assault? Try to be as specific as you can.

  • Who You Are: Are you a journalist, a community member, a policymaker, or a researcher? Are you Indigenous, or do you work with an Indigenous community?

  • How You Plan to Use the Data: Is this for a community event, a news article, or a research project? Knowing how you will use this data is important because it helps us figure out what data would help you in your work, and ensure that it's being used in a respectful and appropriate way.

  • When You Need the Data: If you have a time-sensitive request, please share that information, so that you can access the data you need in time.

Please send all requests for data to As of January 2023, we have transitioned to a new data request review system - all requests received February through July will be processed in July, and all requests received August through January will be processed in January. This is due to the large amount of work required in maintaining the data and ensuring we give you the most up-to-date data possible.

Any requests that have been closed can be appealed by submitting a petition to the Board at


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