Who is Involved

The success of the RHS and FNREEES in Nova Scotia can be attributed to the hard work of all of its contributing members. This includes, but is not limited to, the Regional Staff, Fieldworkers, Committees, the FNIGC National Office and our Regional Members.

Mindy Denny

Director

Mindy Denny is Mi'kmaw and a member of the Eskasoni First Nation in Unama'ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). Mindy administers the Information Governance & Data Projects departmental mandates and research initiatives. In her role, Mindy works with First Nation leadership to develop information governance capacity at the community-level and works with high-level government representatives at the national-level to explore and develop policy instruments that serve to protect First Nations' information. She represents the Mi'kmaw of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, as part of the Executive and Treasurer, of the First Nations Information Governance Centre Board of Directors. For the past 10+ years, Mindy has shared knowledge and advocated the First Nations principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession.

Wasuek Googoo

Projects Coordinator

Wasuek Googoo is Mi'kmaw and a member of the We'koqma'q First Nation in Unama'ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). Wasuek coordinates various projects within the Information Governance & Data Projects department at the Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq. In her role, Wasuek supports the IGDP Director and coordinates data projects on behalf of Mi'kmaw communities in the sub-Atlantic (NS-PEI-NL). She works directly with IGDP Project Advisory Committees and the participants of the IGDP related projects.

Allystarr Gould

Research Assistant

Allystarr Gould is Mi'kmaw and a member of the Eskasoni First Nation in Unama'ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). Ally is the Research Assistant and Admin Support in the Information Governance & Data Projects department at the Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq. In her role, Ally ensures that IGDP project initiatives are organized, scheduled and documented. She works with the IGDP team to produce resource materials about IGDP projects and supports the dissemination of information related to IGDP projects.

The Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq makes every effort to hire knowledgeable and ambitious fieldworks from the communities that are being surveyed. By hiring community members we give the survey a familiar face. People selected to participate in our surveys will be more inclined to invite a fieldworker into their home if they know them personally. It adds an element of familiarity. We are proud to boast an average survey completion rate over 90% and we are equally as proud of the efforts of our fieldworkers.

Mi’kmaq Health Research Group (MHRG)

The Mi'kmaq Health Research Group was formed in early 1996 by the Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq and Dalhousie University by way of Memorandum of Understanding. Its purpose was to oversee Mi'kmaw health research in Nova Scotia and establish a forum in which collaboration for the mutual benefit of those involved can occur. 

The MHRG is currently being restructured to expand beyond health research. The restructuring was necessary to ensure that all research initiatives (social science & biomedical, etc.,) that involve the partnerships and participation of Mi'kmaw individuals and communities fall under its new mandate. The future Mi'kmaw Research Group (MRG) will be comprised of Indigenous faculty members at Dalhousie University, the Mi'kmaw Ethics Watch, and Mi'kmaw representatives at the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq and the Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq. The MRG will serve to ensure research involving Mi'kmaw communities in Nova Scotia is conducted in compliance with Mi'kmaw interests, values and principles of information governance. 

Nova Scotia Regional Health Survey Advisory Committee

The Regional Health Survey Advisory Committee was formed in 1996 and is comprised of various community-level stakeholders who specialize in Indigeous health, policy, advocacy and research. Each of the five committee members are individually appointed to the committee by their respective community's Leadership. They represent various capacities that serve to support Mi'kmaw communities and promote the advancement of programs, services and policies that affect the Mi’kmaw in Nova Scotia. The committee members guide the activities of the NSRHS and advise the IGDP team through the analyses and interpretation of the survey data. The NSRHSAC is guided by the principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP) and the First Nations Information Governance “Code of Research Ethics.”

Nova Scotia Regional Early Childhood, Education & Employment Survey Advisory Committee

The First Nations Early Childhood, Education & Employment Survey Advisory Committee was formed in 2012 to provide guidance and oversight to the regional project. The committee members were individually appointed by their respective community's Leadership and served until the survey cycle ended in 2017. The work of the committee included activities such as the identification of early childhood, education and employment priorities of the Mi'kmaw and the development of the national and regional specific survey instruments, advise the IGDP team through the analyses and interpretation of the survey data and the development of the regional FNREEES report. The FNREEES Advisory Committee was guided by the committee's terms of reference; the principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP); and, the First Nations Information Governance "Code of Research Ethics". 

Nova Scotia Labour & Employment Development Survey Advisory Committee

The First Nations Labour & Employment Development Survey Advisory Committee was formed in 2017 and is comprised of various experts in the field of Mi'kmaw labour and employment. The committee members were identified as Indigenous content experts and have been endorsed by and accountable to The Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs and the Mi'kmaw organizations they represent. The FNLEDS committee members serve to identify the labour and employment priorites and challenges of the participant communitites, and to co-develop the FNLEDS survey questionnaire with the nine other regions across Canada and their respective FNLEDS advisory bodies. Until 2021 this advisory body will oversee the project implementation and guide the analyses and interpretation of the FNLEDS data.

The First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) has the mandate to oversee research and information management on behalf of all First Nations. The Centre reports to the Assembly of the First Nations Chiefs in Assembly on an annual basis. FNIGC is responsible for the implementation of the survey in collaboration with its regional member organizations following FNIGC established policies and procedures.

The FNIGC National team helps to coordinate RHS, FNREEES and FNLEDS activities at the national level. They serve as data stewards for the national RHS, FNREEES and FNLEDS databases, maintain partnerships with various federal and First Nation organizations, and prepare RHS, FNREEES and FNLEDS related research materials.  The First Nation Information Governance Centre is mandated to report on national-level statistics.

The UNSM is the data steward for the RHS and FNREEES datasets. We execute RHS, FNREEES and FNLEDS activities in our participating communities. This includes First Nations communities in Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick (for the FNREEES).

Below you we have provided links to the websites of our partner organizations.

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Newfoundland

Prince Edward Island