The REEES wraps up in the Yukon

Time sure flies. It seems like yesterday that the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES, or REEES for short) began rolling out in First Nation communities across Canada.

In fact, it was November 2013 when the Carcross Tagish First Nation in the Yukon became the first community in Canada to conduct the REEES. In the 14 months since, the REEES has visited First Nation reserve and northern communities in 10 provinces and two territories across the country as part of a landmark effort to gather important new information about First Nations people.  

We’re happy to report that Yukon became the first region to officially wrap up the REEES process, uploading their final survey data from the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation community on January 18. In total, FNIGC’s partners in the Yukon region gathered 1,152 surveys in 15 communities, going to great lengths (like flying into Old Crow, the northern-most First Nation in Canada) and facing daunting obstacles (like dead car batteries in -42°C weather) to get the job done. 

Ruth Massie Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, Lori Duncan FNIGC Board Member, and Hellen Stappers REEES Data Analyst in Whitehorse, Yukon

 

This milestone marks the beginning of the end of a massive – and historic – data collection initiative that stretches across the country.

The only survey of its kind in Canada, the REEES received a mandate from the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in Assembly (per Resolution 19-2011) in June 2011. The survey is part of a First Nation-led effort from FNIGC and its Regional Partners to build a more accurate and realistic portrait of early childhood development, education, and employment in First Nations communities; one that will help inform future policy and programs.

Thank you! Shäw níthän! Máhsin cho! Gùnèlchīsh! Gunalchîsh! Màhsiʼ choo! Mähsiʼ cho! TsinʼƖƖ choh! Sógá sénlàʼ!  

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