Statistic's Canada's 2016 Census Program Informational Meeting

Ennisko:wa / March 28, 2016

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Representatives from Statistic's Canada will be providing an Informational Meeting on the 2016 Census of Population Program held at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Canadian Federal government has invited Akwesasne to participate in the upcoming 2016 Census of Population Program.  Every five (5) years, Statistic’s Canada’s #Census Program collects information that is used by all levels of government, businesses, social service organizations and ethno-cultural organizations. Census data helps to inform decision-making about pensions, schools, daycare centres, healthcare and employment programs, to name just a few.

In 2011, Statistics Canada created an Aboriginal Liaison Program.  Melinda Commando, Director, visited and gave a presentation to Council and the community on March 3, 2016.  This program ensures that the census takers are members from our own community.  Currently, 90 % of reserves in Canada currently participate in the census and the Aboriginal Liaison Program is working to increase participation

Reports from the census are to assist in developing school and Aboriginal Language Programs; establish and expand community health and social programs; assist in making in making informed decisions on employment and community development plans, training and economic opportunities; evaluate existing programs and assessing new service needs.

If approved by community, canvassers will begin visiting homes in April and the survey would be expected to be completed by the end of May 2016.  For more information, please attend Informational meeting or contact the Mohawk Government Offices at 613-575-2348.