First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey

Among the First Nations communities and regional organizations, there is a great need for information relating to education, employment and early childhood development on First Nations living in communities in order to support informed decision-making in these different areas. Obtaining conclusive data is therefore essential to supporting the governance process in the communities.  

As a national pilot project, the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (REEES) was implemented in ten regions to provide First Nations leaders and workers with scientifically-validated information in the three following target areas:

  • Early childhood development;
  • Education;
  • Employment.

In Quebec, the FNQLHSSC is responsible for the coordination of this pilot project which began in 2011 and will be ending in 2016.

The Survey applies the principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAPTM) over information relating to data and information management. In fact, these principles were developed in 1997 by the Regional Health Survey Steering Committee. In light of these principles, First Nations are involved from the beginning to the end of any research projects or program evaluations that are conducted by the Research Sector.  


Study population

In Quebec, 20 communities across eight nations agreed to participate in the REEES. As part of this Survey, three questionnaires were used that are adapted to the three following age groups:

  • Children (0-11 years);
  • Adolescents (12-17 years);
  • Adults (18 years and up).

The REEES regional report will be disseminated in the winter of 2017.

Coordination of the study

Like for the Regional Health Survey (RHS), the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) is coordinating the REEES at the national level. In Quebec, the FNQLHSSC will be taking care of the Survey's coordination.

The other regional organizations involved in this survey are:

  • The First Nations Education Council;
  • The Institut Tshakapesh;
  • The First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec.


To learn more about this initiative, visit the website of the First Nations Information Governance Centre, which is coordinating the survey at the national level.

For more information regarding the population surveys conducted by the Research Sector of the FNQLHSSC, please contact  the Population Surveys Coordinator.