Introducing the 2015 First Nations Community Survey

FNIGC, in collaboration with its Regional Partners, is pleased to announce a re-designed First Nations Community Survey that will roll-out this summer in 330 First Nations reserve and Northern communities on a new online platform.

The 2015 First Nations Community Survey will be conducted as part of FNIGC’s nationally mandated First Nations Regional Health Survey (FNRHS) and Regional Early Childhood Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) processes.

Together, the results from these surveys 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.

For example, data collected by the Community Survey will help First Nations communities understand how real-world factors – like a safe clean water system, a community or youth centre, or a First Nations-run school – can have positive impacts on the well-being of their people.

Founded in 2005, the First Nations Community Survey is a unique initiative of the FNIGC designed to complement the FNRHS and FNREEES. The Community Survey provides a valuable portrait of communities by surveying select community members on a series of themes, each intended to represent the range of issues First Nations communities face.

The 2015 Community Survey is organized into 12 themes or 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 theme or section has its own set of questions, which will be answered by a content-matter expert in each community. Together these questions will help to provide a holistic picture of the various issues affecting First Nations communities.

For this latest version of the Community Survey FNIGC has made some exciting changes based on feedback from our Regional Partners and First Nation communities.  

Foremost among these, is that for the first time the Community Survey will be conducted online marking a shift from previous paper-based surveys. This will make the survey more efficient, more convenient, and much easier to fill out. Survey participants will now only answer questions that are relevant to their specific circumstances, plus participants will be free to complete the survey anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace.

Also new in 2015, each community that takes part in the Community Survey will get access to their final results. That means that the people in those communities will be given their own unique “Community Profile” which can be used to inform policies and programs that can bring about real, positive change.

By being a part of the 2015 First Nation Community Survey you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of your community members.

We invite you — and your community — to help us empower First Nations with quality information and embrace the “Power of Data”.