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First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey

“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 Nations 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.

FNREEES Objectives

  • To collect, analyze and report on key social and cultural determinants for early childhood development, education and employment on-reserve and in northern First Nation communities.
  • Be designed to produce comparable results to other national data sources.
  • FNREEES national and regional data will assist a variety of stakeholders including First Nation organizations and communities, federal, provincial and territorial governments and departments, and academic institutions and professionals in addressing First Nations policy and research inquires.
  • The FNIGC will work with the National Advisory Committee to coordinate and support the FNREES process and facilitate a collaborative research process based on the Principles of OCAP™.


  • The FNIGC will develop and implement the FNREEES over the next five years from 2011 to 2016.
  • Development of the framework, themes and content for the FNREEES questionnaire began in the spring of 2012.
  • Preparation for the survey implementation will be carried out in 2012/2013.
  • The data collection activities for the FNREEES will begin in the spring and summer of 2013.
  • Analysis and interpretation of the FNREEES data will be completed in 2014/15.
  • The FNIGC will provide preliminary results of the FNREEES in 2015/16 to inform First Nations in early childhood development, education and employment.


Download: FNREEES Community Invitation and Information Package

Download: FNREEES Brochure


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.


  • Is the premier source of First Nations information
  • Will partner with organizations that strive to achieve success in working with First Nations to promote and advance the First Nations Principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP™)

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:

Head Office:

49 Ford Lane, Unit 1

Akwesasne, ON  K6H 5R7

Tel: 613-733-1916

Fax: 613-963-8974

Main Office:

170 Laurier W, Suite 904

Ottawa, ON  K1P 5V5

Tel: 613-733-1916

Fax: 613-231-7072

A pdf version of a brochure for this initiative is available HERE.