First Nations Information Governance Centre celebrates National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) – The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is proud to pay tribute to all Indigenous people in Canada as we collectively take time to pause and celebrate National Aboriginal Day today.

As Canada’s premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities, FNIGC is committed to improving the health and well-being of people living in our 633 First Nations communities across the country.  

FNIGC recognizes that real change can come through sound policy-making, but only if it’s supported by quality information — information that is collected by First Nations people for First Nations people.

“The value of quality data that reflects the variety, diversity and complexity of First Nations people’s lives in the hundreds of communities across the country cannot be underestimated” says Gail Mc Donald, FNIGC’s Operations Manager “And our experience has shown that this is the key to real and effective change.” 

To that end, FNIGC is proud to announce that its latest survey, the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES; or REEES for short), is now in-the-field and on track for full deployment in Fall 2013.

Like FNIGC’s well-established and long-running Regional Health Survey (RHS), the REEES will collect data about life in First Nations communities using the First Nations principles of OCAP™ (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession), that will be used to support decision-making in First Nations communities, governments and organizations.

“The information gathered with this landmark survey will provide a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced in First Nation communities in the areas of early childhood development, education and employment.” says Derek Thompson, REEES National Project Coordinator. “It will also help inform and influence government policy that can effectively improve the circumstances that lead to success in First Nation communities in a real and practical way.”

Data collection for the REEES will begin in September 2013 in 250 communities and will take approximately one year to complete. After the collection period is over the data will be analyzed by FNIGC with the initial results scheduled to be released in 2015.

“On behalf of FNIGC and its Regional Partners across the country, we pay tribute to all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and encourage everyone to celebrate the many cultures and traditions of Aboriginal people,” says Mc Donald.


For more information contact:

Brad Mackay, FNIGC Communications Coordinator at 613-341-2575 or bmackay [at] fnigc [dot] ca