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New Power of Data story explores the relationship between data collection and First Nations storytelling traditions

For the latest story in our Power of Data series, FNIGC travelled to Saik’uz First Nation in the heart of the British Columbia interior, where we spent a day visiting with the Chief and others in this small Carrier community. As we discovered, data can takes many forms in First Nations communities, including the traditional stories that are handed down from one generation to the next.  

To Stanley Thomas, Chief of Saik’uz, oral storytelling traditions are an important means of transmitting cultural information within a family and the community as a whole.  

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RHS Phase 3 data collection sets a new record

In April 2015, the latest phase of the long-running First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS Phase 3) began the data collection process with the goal of surveying more than 30,000 First Nations people in 280 First Nations communities across Canada. As we all know at FNIGC, this is an awesome task that is faced with a wide range of challenges such as poor weather, infrastructure issues, internet connectivity, and community-specific challenges.

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Spreading the Power of Data message in the Northwest Territories

By Vi Nguyen (Statistical Analyst, Northwest Territories)

Mahsi cho. This is how Dene people greet one other, express their gratitude, and open (or close) a meeting. You hear this multi-purpose phrase a lot in Délįne, a remote community in the heart of the Northwest Territories (or “Denedeh”) and one of the 33 First Nation communities that make up the Dene Nation.

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REEES data collection wraps up in the regions

A chart which provides an overview of FNIGC's data cleaning process

We asked you to "Take the Time" and you didn't let us down!

It’s taken four years, visits to hundreds of First Nation communities, and thousands of completed surveys -- but FNIGC is pleased to report that data collection for the Regional Early Childhood, Education, and Employment Survey (FNREEES, or REEES) has officially wrapped up.

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Behind the scenes of the REEES roll-out in British Columbia

After months of planning, the Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (REEES) launched last month on the West Coast. But before this could happen there was a lot of ground work to cover to make sure that deployment would go off without a hitch. That’s why earlier this year FNIGC’s REEES team travelled to British Columbia to deliver a two-day training session to our Regional Partners at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in Victoria.    

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The REEES heads North (way, way north) in time for the holidays

They said they’d do it, and they did — despite broken-down vehicles and some truly bone-chilling weather. In our last post we wrote about the efforts of our Regional Partners in the Yukon to complete the Youth portion of the REEES in their region before the end of the year. Well, we’re happy to report that Nyla Klugie-Migwans, Yukon’s REEES Regional Coordinator, and her team met that goal – and with time to spare!

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