Data Initiatives

The Data Initiatives team, under the Health Department, works collaboratively on a number of datarelated projects.

The Data Initiatives team’s main activities are:

  • coordinating the First Nations Regional Health Survey;
  • coordinating the First Nations Regional Social Survey; and
  • leading the engagement for the First Nations Data Governance Strategy.

Beyond these two programs, the Data Initiatives team aims to be a resource for Yukon First Nations on data–related questions, and to provide data related resources and advice to projects that involve Yukon First Nations data. The team also ensures to connect external partners to Yukon First Nations governments when it receives data related inquiries.

Our team


Kristeen McTavish Senior Analyst – Health
Lee Rannells Regional Survey Lead
Natacha Demers Data and Research Analyst
Shirin Nuesslein Manager of the Data Governance Strategy
Tamara Jim Survey Coordinator
Beth Dawson Survey Field Worker Lead

Data Governance Strategy

The Data Governance Strategy envisions a future where all First Nations have full sovereignty over their data and knowledge – how it is collected, where it is stored, and how it is analyzed and communicated. For Yukon First Nations, this means starting from a foundation of Yukon First Nations values, and building on the vision that was set out in Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow 50 years ago. Yukon First Nations have always recognized that governance of their own data is a key element of self-determination.

The Strategy is part of a larger conversation funded and initiated by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) about what First Nations-led data governance looks like across Canada .

The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) is coordinating engagement with all Yukon First Nations to find out how they want to participate in the Data Governance Strategy. We want to start a conversation about what data self-determination means to Yukon First Nations and what supports and capacities are needed for each Yukon First Nation to achieve their vision of data sovereignty.

Everyone is invited to join in the discussion about the future of data governance so that we can build a future where data is accessible, is meaningful for decision-making, and strengthens Yukon First Nation communities.

Our data.

Our stories.

Our future.

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Regional Health and Social Surveys

The First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) is a national survey by First Nations, for First Nations. The survey looks at health as a whole, using First Nation and western views of health and wellness. The survey happens every five years and can help us understand how health is changing over time. At the national level, the RHS is overseen by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC). The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) coordinates the survey in the Yukon, in collaboration with Yukon First Nations.  Yukon First Nations data is then included in the National Level reports:

In addition to the Regional Health Survey, CYFN also coordinates the Regional Social Survey (RSS). While the RHS covers a broad range of health and wellness topics, the RSS focuses on a specific topic for each survey. Previously, these have included the:

Planning for the next Regional Social Survey is currently underway.

The RHS and RSS are the only national health and social surveys that are designed, controlled, and owned by First Nations. This makes them different from most other surveys, as Yukon First Nations aren’t only participants to the survey – they contribute to each stage of the survey process, including choosing priority themes, designing questions, and informing survey roll-out. The RHS and RSS are also built on the First Nations data sovereignty principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession – more commonly known as OCAP®. OCAP® ensures that any data collected from Yukon First Nations will be owned, controlled, easily accessed and possessed by Yukon First Nations.

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