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... Read more

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... Read more

The Power of Data visits Kahnawake First Nation

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.   A big part of Quebec’s success with the RHS... Read more

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. Famous for being the only community situated on the shores of Great Bear Lake... Read more

New stories help bring the ‘Power of Data’ to life

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... Read more

REEES data collection wraps up in the regions

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. Congratulations go out to all of our Board of Directors, Regional Partners, Regional Coordinators, Regional... Read more

New phase of landmark First Nations health survey launches in First Nations communities across Canada

April 1, 2015 (Ottawa, ON) – The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is proud to announce that the latest phase of its First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS, or RHS) begins its official roll-out in 250 First Nations communities today. RHS Phase 3 is the latest version of the landmark survey process, which was established in 1997 as a means of collecting much-needed information about the living conditions of First... Read more

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... Read more