A REEES road trip in Quebec

Earlier this month FNIGC took a trip – a long trip – to the First Nations community of Gesgapegiag in Quebec’s Gaspesie region to spend a few days in the shoes of a regional REEES survey team.

On May 5, Kyla Marcoux, REEES Statistical Analyst, and Derek Thompson, REEES National Project Coordinator, flew from Ottawa to Quebec City where they were met by Jonathan Leclerc, the REEES Regional Coordinator at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Service Commission. From there they drove east for seven hours along the scenic St-Lawrence River to Gesgapegiag, a Mi’kmaq community located on the north shore of Cascapedia Bay.

The town of 638 is the 18th Quebec community in Quebec to take part in the survey of First Nations early childhood, education and employment. Led by Jonathan, FNIGC’s REEES team members spent three days in the community experiencing the various involved steps that he takes local Field Workers through in preparation for the survey roll-out.

First, Jonathan provides a general overview of survey research, followed by a video that speaks to the usefulness of information and data and the importance of being a part of the REEES process. The training is interactive, and includes a notebook with exercises for the fieldworker to complete.

According to Kyla, Jonathan ensures that his fieldworkers are comfortable with the work ahead and that they are thoroughly prepared for any and all situations that could arise.

During the three days of training with REEES Field Worker Denise Larocque (pictured below, on the right, with Kyla Marcoux) at Gesgapegiag’s Health and Community Services centre, the team helped with the time-consuming (and important) process of generating the sample of 50 or so children, youth and adults who will be invited to take part in the survey.