FNREEES update (Friday January 29, 2016)

The FNREEES (First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey) is a national survey from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), and is developed by First Nations, for First Nations.

The FNREEES collects information in accordance with the First Nations principles of OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession), and the data will be used to support First Nations decision-making and influence policies. The BC team collected FNREEES data from 39 BC First Nations communities from June 2014 to May 2015 with a 83% completion rate (3,107 of 3,740 surveys completed). The numbers of surveys completed for each region are shown in the table.


 Fraser SalishInteriorNorthernVancouver CostalVancouver Island
# of Communities681078
# of Child surveys109196313276269
# of Youth surveys6768151129121
# of Adult surveys170278330297333
Total # of surveys346542794702723


The FNHA has received the final BC dataset from the FNIGC and has established two Advisory Committees that will oversee the analysis and reporting of the FNREEES data. Advisory Committee membership includes the First Nations Health Directors Association (FNHDA) planning and reporting committee, as well as an external committee comprised of subject-matter experts from a variety of First Nations organizations, academic institutions and First Nations communities.

Specific roles of the advisory body include providing guidance regarding the FNREEES reporting strategy, indicator selection, analysis plan, interpretation of results and knowledge exchange plan in accordance with the principles of OCAP®. The final provincial report is anticipated in early 2017.  We look forward to sharing the results with you in the near future! If you have any questions about FNREEES please contact the FNHA Survey team at fnreees@fnha.ca

Congratulations! BC Team Reaches Target on that Survey with the Long Name - FNREEES


The FNHA is thrilled to announce that the BC team for the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education, and Employment Survey (FNREEES) has reached our survey target of 83% (3,107 of 3,740 surveys completed)!

FNREEES is a national survey by First Nations, for First Nations. It is a chance to share our stories on topics such as family support, school experiences, jobs, and traditional activities. Data collection completed on May 31, 2015.

This accomplishment would not have been possible without the commitment of the 39 participating communities across BC and the incredible effort of the field and project staff.

The FNREEES - BC team takes with them many memorable moments, new friendships and an appreciation of all of the First Nation communities that were a part of it. From consultation with Health Directors and Band leadership, working with the Data Collectors and community navigators, right through to meeting community members who participated in the survey - the experiences we enjoyed were unique, yet, somehow all held some element of commonality.

Even the transportation was something to remember:  travelling on ice-encrusted Forest Service Roads, navigating dry and dusty logging roads, hopping on water taxi's and arrivals by amphibious planes - there were many "firsts" for the team!  We want to thank each and every community for their co-operation that made this project an opportunity we will never forget.

Community members who completed a survey will be entered into a draw for one of 18 iPads, taking place at the end of June. We look forward to sharing the provincial results in 2016.

First Nations Regional Early Childhood Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES)

REEES is a survey being completed to learn more about early childhood education, and employment in First Nations communities. The REEES survey is happening in 250 First Nations communities in 10 regions across Canada:

Northwest Territories,
British Columbia
Nova Scotia 
and New Brunswick.

From 2014-15, the FNHA rolled out a new nationally funded survey that will provide important new information about our communities and the social determinants of health.

The Social Determinants of Health are an integral component of First Nations health and wellness planning.

BC First Nations are moving toward a model of wellness that encompasses broad indicators of health and well-being. REEES will collect culturally and socially relevant early childhood development, education and employment information. High levels of participation will maximize the relevance and usefulness of the REEES survey for BC First Nations. Data collection is part of the FNHA mandate as stated in the BC Tripartite Framework Agreement on First Nation Health Governance. Data on the social determinants of health is scarce and the FNHA can learn from the REEES process and data outcomes.

REEES is Voluntary.

The REEES survey is voluntary. It is acknowledged and respected that First Nations rights to self-determination include the jurisdiction and authority to make decisions about information relevant to First Nations. Communities and individuals selected may choose whether or not to consent to participating in the survey and can withdraw their consent at any time.


It is by First Nations, for First Nations.

The REEES originated under the direction of the First Nation Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and is supported by the AFN. It is a national project with roots in First Nations communities across Canada.

It respects and protects our information.

The REEES was developed by First Nations. First Nations provide consent to participate through Band Council Resolution or Letter of Understanding. The REEES adheres to the FNIGC principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession).

We can use the funding from the FNREES to forward the FNHA's data governance initiatives and learn about social determinants of health.

As the REEES is already funded, the FNHC, FNHDA, FNHA won't need to invest additional funds to collect this data. We have an opportunity to make use of this collection process to inform our own work, without any fiscal burden. Discussions amongst senior FNHA and FNHC representatives have focused on assuming the REEES in order to use the resources in a manner that supports the broader agenda of the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative: to use the survey as a stepping stone towards our future vision of First Nations data governance. The REEES provides an opportunity to learn and evaluate how the FNHA can collect information not captured in any other data systems.

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