The newly unveiled Pays Plat First Nation flag. - Photo courtesy of Jesse Achneepineskum
“The First Nations Regional Early Childhood Development, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) is a nationally mandated First Nations Information Governance Centre survey respecting the principle of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP). The survey is designed to generate evidence based results to support First Nation policy, program development and advocacy efforts in these priority areas at the local, regional and national levels. Through the approval of the Political Confederacy of the Chiefs in Ontario, the First Nations Education Coordination Unit and Regional Coordinator will work in partnership with First Nation
s communities and organizations to support implementation of the survey in Ontario.”
First Nations Regional Early Childhood Development, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES)
The First Nations Information Governance Centre will build on the success of the Regional Health Survey (RHS) process and work with regional members to develop and implement the FNREEES.
The FNREEES will focus on First Nations Early Childhood Development, Education and Employment. This valuable data will support policy and program development and inform decision making that reflects the needs of First Nations communities.
The FNREEES will provide a greater understanding of the context and complexities of First Nations early childhood development, education and employment issues. The FNREEES will provide the tools to work towards improving socio-economic outcomes for First Nations.
The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC)
The FNIGC is the permanent home of the First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) and home to the newest project: the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey or FNREEES. The Centre has offices located in Akwesasne and in Ottawa, Ontario and provides a wealth of useful research information, data collection, analysis, training services, and dissemination of research reports to First Nations locally, regionally and nationally. The Centre also supports the development of regional sites that provide First Nations research needs and information as determined by each of the participating regions.
Members of the FNREEES National Team:
· Derek Thompson, National Project Coordinator
· Katherine Wood, Technical Survey Coordinator
· Katherine Raspopow, Data Analyst
· Chantal Martin, Administrative Assistant
FNREEES National Advisory Committee
The National Advisory Committee (NAC) is mandated to guide the development of the FNREEES content and questionnaire design and to provide regional input and bring forward First Nations expertise and knowledge of early childhood development, education and employment.
Members of the NAC are appointed by their respective regions through a process determined by each region. Each member provides specific competencies and expertise in the areas of early childhood development, education and employment. The NAC is guided by a Terms of Reference and will uphold the mission, vision and objectives of the FNIGC, and to uphold the First Nations principles of OCAP™.
Members of the National Advisory Committee:
· Tracy Antone, Chair of the NAC, FNIGC Board Member, COO
· Cheryl McDonald, Co-Chair of the NAC, (QC) FNHRDCQ
· Eleanor Bernard (NS), Mi’kmaq Kina’matnewey
· Bob Atwin (NB), FNEII
· Treena Metallic (QC), FNEC
· Elvera Garlow (ON), GREAT
· Wanda Phillips-Beck (MB), AMC
· Vonnie Francis (SK), FSIN
· Mary Callele (SK), FSIN
· Tanya Pace-CrossChild (AB), Opokaa’sin – Early Intervention Society
· Dr. Diana Steinhauer (AB), BQFNC
· Michelle Kolla (YK), CYFN
· Ialeen Jones (NWT), Dene Nation
· LuAnn Hill-MacDonald (AFN)
· Jarrett Laughlin (AFN)
“If it’s for our people—Count me in!”
Contact the First Nations Information Governance Centre:
49 Ford Lane, Unit 1
Akwesasne, ON K6H 5R7
170 Laurier W, Suite 904
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
A pdf version of a brochure for this initiative is available HERE.