You are invited March 10-11 for the first of a series of virtual sessions for the 9th annual Our Gathering kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip ct co-hosted by the First Nations Leadership Council, Indigenous Services Canada, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
In accordance with the current province-wide COVID-19 public health order, the hosts are organizing virtual sessions instead of gathering in-person as in previous years. Following the initial sessions March 10-11 subsequent sessions will be held approximately every ten weeks into Fall 2021.
The hosts extend their sincere condolences to those who are grieving the death of loved ones. Although attendees will be physically apart please join in beginning this time at Our Gathering, 2021 kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip ct by participating in an opening honour song to acknowledge those who have gone before us.
Thank you to those who provided input into the pre-Gathering survey. A detailed agenda will be sent in the weeks ahead. The hosts are planning sessions to provide an opportunity for leaders and representatives from First Nations and government to come together to share and discuss a variety of topics including responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Specific Claims, and Bill C-15, Canada’s proposed legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This collaborative work, jointly undertaken by the FNPSS and BCFC, is unique in Canada in its principle of ‘reciprocal learning’, with the dual objective of achieving increased experience and knowledge within First Nations and improved Indigenous awareness and understanding within the federal public service.
Like so much else this past year, this work was unique and unprecedented in demonstrating how a strong, established intergovernmental relationship could effectively support communication of critical information to and from First Nations and government. Some of our planned work, including releasing this report, was delayed, but instead, we successfully delivered a very important service through the COVID pandemic.
The report includes a link to our workplan for the current year, which is ambitious. Despite the ongoing difficult times we face, we are driven to achieve in support of capacity building, anti-racism, and government-to-government partnerships.
January 27 Reverse Townhall: Recording now available!
We were overwhelmed by the response to our first joint FNPSS - BCFC Secretariat Reverse Townhall entitled "How to Best Engage and Consult with First Nations During COVID-19", where over 1000 public servants were in attendance, and are excited to share a recording of the full event.
Description: First Nations communities are in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic which is hitting them harder than the first wave last spring. Yet, federal government public servants are faced with the mandate to continue to engage and consult on a variety of programs, policies, and initiatives. Hear from representatives Chief Christopher Derickson from the Westbank First Nation, and Collette Sunday, Band Administrator and member of the Upper Nicola Band, who shared what the current realities are on the ground for First Nations, and learn about some best practices and respectful approaches to consult and engage in meaningful discussion and initiatives.
Are you interested in attending our next Reverse Town Hall session? Stay tuned to our upcoming newsletters and follow us on social media to be among the first to know about similar events.
In case you missed it...
Did you miss out on our last webinar event, in partnership with AFOA, entitled "COVID-19: Planning and Reporting in Unprecedented Times"? Not to worry! Access the full recording of this February 2nd event on our YouTube page here.
Description: Financial planning, tracking, and reporting are challenging at the best of times. In the face of uncertain funding realities amidst a pandemic, these challenges become even more pronounced. In this webinar, panelists shared best practices for budgeting, managing and reporting for COVID-19 related funding and tips for anticipating and responding to the financial unknown.
Management Training Academy (MTA)- Records and Information Management (RIM)
Update: our upcoming Records and Information Management (RIM) MTA is at capacity and registration is now closed.
Are you interested in joining future Management Training Academies with the FNPSS? Check out our website and stay tuned to future newsletters for announcements on upcoming events and MTAs.
Our Management Training Academies (MTAs) aim to help participants return to their organizations with capacity enhancing strategies they can implement immediately. MTAs provide tools and training specifically tailored to BC First Nations needs from experts in the core competencies: Records and Information Management (RIM), Policy Development, Human Resource Management (HR), and Financial Management.
Micro Mission Opportunity with BC Federal Council
2021 First Nations and Government of Canada Annual Collaborative Learning Day
Are you a federal government employee? This could be your opportunity to work with FNPSS and a BC First Nation Partner to plan the first joint First Nation - Government Public Service Learning Day. Full details in poster, below.
If this is the right opportunity for you, please ask for your manager's approval, and send us your resume and a brief expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2021. References may be requested.
Partner Workshop - AFOA BC & ISC
First Nations Audit Prep Workshop: Register now!
Description: The Audit Prep Seminar will be delivered virtually this year. In this interactive one-day workshop, participants will learn how to organize for an audit, find and select the right Auditor, manage the audit process, and learn the role and expectations of the Funding Services Officer.
Participants will have the chance to share best practices and ideas on how to create an audit plan that will work for them.
This event is co-hosted by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) & Aboriginal Financial Officers Association Of BC (AFOA BC). There will be a panel discussion and Q&A with Government Funding Agents: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation(CMHC), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
Open to any BC First Nation or Indigenous organization participant to attend. AFOA BC membership not required to attend.
There is no charge for registration. In order to manage attendance, we are asking that you select the session by region (as you would attend in-person).
February 11, 2021: BC Interior Region February 16, 2021: Vancouver Island February 18, 2021: Lower Mainland
Request for Expressions of Interest from BC Indigenous Organizations to Host an Indigenous Youth Intern for Summer 2021
The Indigenous Youth Internship Program is seeking Expressions of Interest fromBC Indigenous Organizations that can provide supportive, educational and meaningful work placements for Indigenous Youth Interns for a three-month period (June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021). The Intern’s salary is paid by the provincial government during their work placement in the selected BC Indigenous Organizations.
Indigenous Youth Interns have a wide variety of skills and abilities to offer Indigenous Organizations, including:
youth engagement practices,
conference and event coordination,
policy analysis and development,
website and manual development,
community liaison, and
other specific skill sets based on education and experience.
In addition, Indigenous Youth Interns bring valuable knowledge of provincial government programs and processes based on their nine-month placements in Ministries across government.
The placements in Indigenous Organizations can be special organizational roles that involve work on specific projects or programs, including job shadowing opportunities, meeting, conference, and event coordination/attendance, other developmental opportunities, or a combination of these. Interns are seeking structured placements that offer interesting opportunities to assist, learn, and grow as emerging professionals and leaders.
If your Indigenous organization is interested in hosting an Indigenous Youth Intern this summer, please complete the Expression of Interest 2021 template(linked, or available to download on our website) by March 1, 2021. All organizations that submit Expressions of Interest will be informed of the outcome by mid-April, 2020. Selected organizations will be matched with a qualified Indigenous Youth Intern whose interests, goals, experience, and qualifications best match the internship positions available.
*Please include in your submission information regarding your organization’s safety responses to the current pandemic.
Important Dates for Indigenous Organization Placements
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Monday,March 1, 2021
Indigenous Organizations informed of outcome: mid-April 2021
Internship Placement begins: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Thank you for your support of this important program for Indigenous Youth in BC!
Will be delivered via webinar
Trade Accelerator Program- Indigenous Cohort
Apply to be part of this special Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) in partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), specifically designed for Indigenous-owned businesses.
The Indigenous economy has undergone a period of sustained growth in recent years. According to the 2016 Census, there are over 50,000 self-employed Indigenous Peoples across Canada. There are also over 250 Indigenous economic development corporations, which are community-owned firms designed to generate wealth and jobs for community members. As of 2016, Indigenous Peoples contribute over $30 billion annually to Canada’s GDP.
If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit-owned business, we encourage you to participate in the first-ever Indigenous focused cohort of the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)!
“What an impressive, effective, well-executed program. Top 3 best I've ever done, and I've done A LOT of courses, workshops and certifications, including my MBA. I'm also formally educated in adult education, train-the-trainer certified and very experienced at facilitation, so I have a deep appreciation for how truly exemplary TAP is.”Monique Hurteau, President and Co-Founder, Through and Thru Films — TAP B.C. Participant
This program is run over nine days from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Workshop Days 1. February 10 2. February 11 3. February 17 4. February 18 5. February 24 6. March 3 7. March 4
Catch up on the recordings of past FNPSS Webinar Wednesdays and Informational Town Halls on our YouTube channel!
First Nations Administrators Network (FNAN)
Are you interested in joining a community of other First Nations Administrators to share lessons learned, best practices, and resources?
This Facebook network is where First Nation administrators can explore new ideas, exchange best practices, share tools and resources, brainstorm ideas, provide support, and connect with colleagues from across BC. Discussion topics can range from human resources to financial management, information management/data governance, communications/marketing, planning/engagement, and personal skills (e.g. decision making, time management, relating to community members, etc.).