Be a part of the First Nations Community Survey

Have you heard about the First Nations Community Survey?

The First Nations Community Survey is being conducted in 330 randomly selected First Nations reserve and Northern communities, and will help communities better understand how real-world factors – like a safe clean water system, a youth centre, or a First Nations-run school – can have positive impacts on the well-being of First Nations people and the communities they live in.

Designed as a complement to FNIGC’s First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS) and First Nations Regional Early Childhood Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES), the Community Survey is a self-administered survey organized into 12 sections. Each of these sections can be filled out online in 15-20 minutes, making it one of FNIGC’s quickest and most convenient surveys.  

Together, the results from the survey will provide a more holistic picture of the various issues affecting First Nations communities and provide First Nations people the ability to examine the relationship between community-level factors and individual well-being. The Community Survey is organized into 12 sections:

  • External Environment which includes environmental issues, such as the proximity of mines and chemical plants, water treatment standards, and emergency coordination.
  • Shelter and Infrastructure which deals with basic physical structures and facilities needed in the community, like roads, plumbing, power, and internet.
  • Housing which includes questions about waiting lists for homes, maintenance, heating and energy efficiency.
  • Food and Nutrition explores the availability, accessibility, and quality of fresh, nutritious foods.
  • Employment and Economic Development examines the economic opportunities that exist inside and outside First Nations communities.
  • Early Childhood Development includes issues relating to childcare, education, and skills development for young children.
  • Education looks at enrolment in high-school and post-secondary education, in addition to First Nations-run schools and pre-school programs.
  • Justice and Safety contains questions related to community policing, fire and ambulance services, and emergency response.
  • Health Services explores the availability of health professionals, hospitals, and health services in First Nation communities.
  • Social Services which deals with income support, safe homes, and youth programs.
  • First Nations Identity which includes issues related to First Nations language, cultural programs, repatriation, and membership.
  • First Nations Governance which explores questions relating to self-government, and groups with designated authority such as economic development corporations or Council representation.

Each section has its own set of questions, which will be answered by a content-matter expert in each community (i.e., Housing Manager, Education Director). Plus participants will be free to complete the survey anytime and anywhere.

Once your community has completed the 12 sections you will have the ability to access all your responses and generate a community profile to support your local planning and development.

But you only have until March 31, 2017 to complete the survey! 

If your community has been selected, one of FNIGC’s Regional Partners will reach out to you and your community. If you haven’t heard from a Regional Partner yet, please contact FNIGC and we will put you in contact with our coordinating partner organization in your region.

Contact us at KWood [at] fnigc [dot] ca.

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