Since first launching the REEES in Manitoba three months ago, FNIGC’s Regional Partners at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) have been diligently working towards getting the First Nations survey out to all 40 of their sampled communities.
Led by Regional Coordinator Leona Star, the AMC team launched the survey on February 7 in Pinaymootang First Nation, located about two hours northwest of Winnipeg, and Sagkeeng First Nation which is situated just east of the provincial capital.
Sagkeeng First Nation’s Data Collectors Anthony Dorie and Nathan Dorie with AMC REEES team members Krishna Modupalli and Leanne Gillis
In the weeks and months since then, they’ve rolled out in a total of 10 First Nation communities, from Northlands First Nation (Lac Brochet) and O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi Cree First Nation in the north, to Bloodvein First Nation and Birdtail Sioux First Naton in the south, with data collection started in all of them.
AMC’s REEES Regional Coordinator Leona Star and Maggie Dettanikkeaze, REES Data Collector in Lac Brochet
With 40 communities selected to take part in the national REEES sample – which represents more than 4,700 individual survey participants – the gang in Manitoba have their work cut out for them. Luckily, they are well on their way. We look forward to more updates in the future!
Bird Tail Sioux First Nation’s data collector, Courtney Ben with the AMC REEES team