The REEES gets a running start in the Yukon

One down, 249 to go! It’s been a long time coming, but after months of planning and preparation we’re happy to announce that the REEES has been officially rolled out!

On Thursday November 14 the Yukon became the first region in Canada to conduct the REEES, bringing the brand-new national survey to a group of students from the Carcross Tagish First Nation in the town of Cacross, located just south of Whitehorse. The survey team, led by Alex McKenna, Brenda Carson, Maureen Vittrekwa and Nyla Klugie-Migwans, were welcomed into the Ghùch Tlâ Community School where they walked a small but enthusiastic group of Tagish students through the Youth portion of the survey.

Alex McKenna (left) and Nyla Klugie-Migwans (right) guide Tagish youth through the REEES questionnaire in Carcross, Yukon

 The Youth Survey, which takes between 45 and 60 minutes to complete on a secure laptop, is one of several components of the REEES. There are actually three individual REEES surveys: child, youth and adult. Each of these surveys is organized into a series of themes (from language and school performance to traditional teachings and access to services), with each theme measured by a series of indicators. The REEES Youth Survey (which focuses on 12- to 17-year-olds) contains questions such as:   

  • Does your school support First Nations culture?
  • How often you participate in First Nations cultural activities?
  • Can you read and write in a First Nation language?
  • Do you have access to educational supports and services?

The Carcross Tagish First Nation is the first of about 250 First Nations communities in Canada that the REEES will be travelling to over the next 12 months. As we mentioned in our previous post, this is all part of a national effort from FNIGC and its Regional Partners to build a more accurate and realistic portrait of early childhood development, education, and employment in First Nations reserves and northern communities.

Hot on the heels of Thursday’s roll-out, on Saturday, November 16 the Yukon team took the survey to youth at the Champagne-Aishihik First Nation. The Yukon Region plans on having the REEES Youth Survey completed by the end of the year. On behalf of everyone at FNIGC, congratulations to Nyla Klugie-Migwans, the REEES Regional Coordinator, and her team being the first out-of-the-gate!