Frequently Asked Questions - Surveys on Aboriginal People
Q.1. What type of statistical information will be collected by the Surveys on Aboriginal People?
A.1. This cycle of the survey will focus specifically on education and employment. Additional information on health, language, income, housing, and mobility will also be collected.
Such data will contribute to ensuring that federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as Aboriginal organizations and other stakeholders can make informed decisions based on current data.
Q.2. How are these surveys any different from the 2011 Census and National Household Survey?
A.2. The 2011 Census and National Household Survey are designed to collect data on a wide range of socio-economic and demographic topics for all Canadians, including the Aboriginal population. The Surveys on Aboriginal People however, focus on key policy areas of education and employment, collecting unique and detailed data on the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit populations, which are not available from any other source, including the 2011 Census of Population and National Household Survey.
The Surveys on Aboriginal people consist of two distinct voluntary surveys: one for First Nations living off-reserve, Métis, and Inuit populations; and another for First Nations living on reserves and in northern communities.
Data from both surveys can be used by the general public as well as Aboriginal organizations and communities, academics and governments to make informed decisions, and to support policy research, program development and accountability activities.
Q.3. How long do the Surveys on Aboriginal People take to complete?
A.3. For questions regarding the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey’s process and mechanisms of conducting the survey, please contact Statistics Canada.
For questions regarding the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES), please contact the First Nation Information Governance Centre (FNIGC).
Q.4. Will these surveys be conducted with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples living both on- and off-reserve?
A.4. Yes. Statistics Canada conducted the Aboriginal Peoples Survey with First Nations living off reserve, Métis and Inuit peoples across Canada.
The First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) will be conducted by the First Nation Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) with First Nations living on reserve and in northern First Nations communities across Canada.
Q.5. Are these surveys voluntary? Will the personal information collected be protected?
A.5. Yes. Participation in these surveys is voluntary and the information collected will be protected.
Q.6. When will the results of the surveys become available?
A.6. First results of the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey are being released on November 25, 2013 with subsequent data to be made available in phases in the following years (2014-2016). As for the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES), results are expected to be released in 2015.
Q.7. To whom will the results be made available and at what cost?
A.7. Core results of the survey will be published online, made available free of charge to all Canadians. Special requests for data tabulations will be subject to access agreements.
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