A new report released by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) provides unprecedented insight into a wide range of factors affecting the health and well-being of First Nations people living on reserve and in Northern communities across Canada.
RHS Phase 3
The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is pleased to announce a not-to-be-missed two-day conference that will feature the official release of data from the First Nations Regional Health Survey Phase 3, FNIGC’s foundational survey process.
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.
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.
It’s official! RHS Phase 3 data collection has wrapped up in the Quebec Region with nearly 3,000 surveys -- or 96.3 percent of their national sample target – collected as of May 1. Hearty congratulations to our diligent and hard-working Regional Partners at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) who really gave it their all over the past year.
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.
Here at FNIGC we pride ourselves on being data nerds. But we know that the power that quality data, collected by First Nations for First Nations, can have to effect real change isn’t self-evident to everybody. This is why we have developed the “Power of Data” campaign, a series of original articles that focus on the real-world benefits that data from the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) has had in First Nations communities over the past two decades.