Get to know the REEES
Fri, November 15, 2013
Welcome to REEES: In the Field, a new blog on FNIGC.ca that will keep you up-to-date and informed on all the latest news related to the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES, or REEES for short). The REEES (hint: it rhymes with “threes”) is a new national survey being carried out by the First Nations Information Governance Centre and its Regional Partners that will gather important information about early childhood development, education, and employment in more than 200 First Nations communities across Canada.
After countless hours of hard work, which included months of planning, communications, training and field preparations, the REEES questionnaire received final approval from FNIGC’s Board of Directors on October 25 — and began full deployment on November 13. Over the next 12 months First Nation field workers will bring the REEES to about 30,000 adult, youth and children in some 250 First Nation reserves and northern communities across the country.
Like FNIGC’s long-running First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS), the REEES is done by First Nations for First Nations and the information it gathers will provide a more accurate snapshot of life in First Nations communities. Once it’s gathered this information will help First Nations communities, organizations, and all levels of government develop programs and policies that aim to improve the well-being of First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities.
In the coming weeks and months REEES: In the Field will be your go-to place for news and information about the survey. If you can’t tell already, we’re pretty excited about the survey. And this blog will be our platform for in-depth and insightful looks at the survey itself (including its themes and indicators), the people behind the survey (FNIGC National staff, our Regional Partners and REEES Field Workers), and the many First Nations communities that are participating in the survey. Stick with us for regular updates! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send them to us at info [at] fnigc [dot] ca.