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The FNREEES (or “REEES” for short) stands for the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey, a new survey from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC).

Starting in fall 2013 the REEES will be carried out in 250 reserves and northern communities across Canada by FNIGC Regional Partners and trained regional field workers.

The FNIGC received a mandate to conduct the REEES from the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in Assembly (per Resolution 19-2011) during their Annual General Meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick in June 2011.

Like FNIGC’s long-running and successful Regional Health Survey (RHS), the REEES will collect quality information about 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. In addition it will help influence government policy that can help improve the lives of First Nations, men, women and children.

Who will be involved in the REEES?

The REEES will survey some 30,000 First Nations people on-reserve and in northern communities. These will be broken down into several categories:

  • children 11-years-old and under
  • youth aged 12 to 17, and
  • adults (18-years-old and up)

While the survey is voluntary, you can’t volunteer for it. This is because survey respondents have been randomly selected using a sampling formula based on community band membership lists. The REEES and all respondent personal information gathered by the survey kept confidential under the protection of the regional partner organizations.

Where will the REEES happen?

The REEES will take place in 250 randomly selected First Nations communities (239 reserve communities and 11 communities in the north) in 10 regions across the country.

When will the REEES take place?

Data collection for the survey will begin in Fall 2013 and will take approximately one year to complete. The survey itself will take between 30 minutes to an hour to conduct.

After the collection period is over the data will be analyzed by the FNIGC with the initial results scheduled to be released in 2015.

Why should I take part in the survey?

The REEES, like all of the research conducted by the FNIGC, is done by First Nations for First Nations. Your participation will mean more complete information about early childhood development, education and employment in First Nations on-reserve and northern communities.

This information will provide a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lead to success and will serve to benefit First Nations children, schools and employment.

To read more about the REEES and its ongoing progress, read FNIGC's blog REEES: In the Field.