Data is more than numbers — it’s stories

 

Data isn’t just numbers, it’s stories. The first-ever First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey (FNREEES) tells a new story: “unprecedented insight into life in First Nations on-reserve and northern communities in Canada”.

When the FNREEES was published, Karianne Blank and I had the privilege of creating infographics and graphic recordings with the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC). The graphics help make the statistics come alive with clear layout and images.

This project was designed and led from a First Nations perspective following the First Nations principles of OCAP®. Survey questions, data gathering methods, analysis and community ownership of the data was all from First Nations values and ways of knowing.

I learned that what you measure matters. The questions you ask — which are shaped by who you are and every experience in your life — determine what answers you get. And the data you gather has the power to shape the world around you.

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Infographics created for the preliminary release of results at the FNREEES National Conference in November 2015. Please check the FNIGC website to see the most up-to-date results and learn more about FNIGC’s work.

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