The REEES arrives in Quebec’s First Nations

Hot on the heels of last week’s post about the REEES’s kick-off in Wild Rose Country, we’re happy to report that FNIGC’s Regional Partners have launched the survey in Quebec — which included the official launch of the REEES in French.

Led by REEES Regional Coordinator Jonathan LeClerc, the Quebec team unveiled the First Nations survey of early childhood, education and employment in the Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj during the last week of December. Which technically, makes Quebec the second region in the country to launch the REEES. Congratulations!

Much like other regions, data collection in the Gaspé Peninsula community of Listuguj began following a week of field worker training and sampling, the process that decides which community members will be selected to take part in the survey. Sampling is a simple — but critical — part of the survey process which guarantees that a random unbiased sample of each community is surveyed.

REEES team members Matthieu Gill-Bougie, Donna Metallic, Lorraine Morrison, Arleen Metallic and Jonathan Leclerc in Listuguj, Quebec (not pictured, Sandra Bulmer)

Here’s how it works. Community members are first grouped according to their age: children (11-years-old and under), youth (12 to 17) and adults (18 years and older) — each group representing the survey’s three components. Field workers then assign numbers to the individuals and use a random-number generator to create lists of respondents from each group. These sample lists are then used by REEES field workers as a guide of who to approach to complete the survey.

This helps explain why the REEES is voluntary, but you can’t volunteer to take it. Random sampling ensures that the survey is truly representative of each community and its members, and is a key part of the REEES.            

With data collection in Listuguj in full swing, the Quebec REEES team proceeded with field worker training, sampling, and -- on January 18 — data collection in Eagle Village First Nation, an Algonquin community near the northern town of Témiscaming. The following week, on January 27, the team landed in Natashquan, a small Innu community on the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, where they rolled-out the French version of the REEES for the first time.

The Natashquan First Nation (photo by Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier)

Next up is training and data collection in the First Nation and Innu community of Pessamit and the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, a remote community in northern Quebec. Congratulations once again on the great work already completed, and good luck in the weeks and months to come.