The conference provided an opportunity to collectively plan the way ahead for our organization. A panel of experts in the field of public service operations and capacity development set the stage, along with a series of workshops and networking sessions. It was held on March 13th & 14th, 2018 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC.
Grand Chief Edward John, First Nations Summit
Howard Grant, Executive Director, First Nations Summit
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Jessica Wood, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
We kicked off the conference with the Youth Panel, these students proudly represented their communities and gave a voice to their vision and future.
- Timothy Masso, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation
- Karen Thomas, Tsleil Waututh Nation
- Megan South-Flett, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
- Tia Maria Felix, Splatsin Nation
“My dream community would offer career exploration from a very young age” – Karen Thomas
The Management Panel consisted of individuals that work in a variety of management positions, they shared their experiences and the future opportunities in working with the FNPSS.
- Caroline Caza & Caitlin Williamson, Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Bill Guerin, Indigenous Services Canada
- Collette Sunday, Upper Nicola First Nation
- Darrell Jones, Splatsin Nation
“It’s not only how do we put a plan in place, but how do we make it realistic?; We have to explain why we have to create this change” -Collette Sunday
The Partners Panel consisted of three professional associations that signed MOUs with the FNPSS, they provided a presentation on their organizations and potential opportunities to collaborate with First Nations.
- Nancy Taylor, Local Government Management Association of BC
- Lisa Nye, Institute of Public Administration of Canada
- Dierdre Bradshaw, ARMA Canada, Vancouver Chapter
In regard to the First Nations Workshop offered by LGMA
“We were looking for ways to visibly role model what reconciliation looks like” – Nancy Taylor