Management Training Academies

Management Training Academies (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. Register for a Coaching Circle.

Upcoming MTAs

Be sure to visit our Events Calendar regularly, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to be notified when registration opens for future MTAs. They fill up quickly!

For 2021-22, the following MTAs were delivered:

  • Human Resources Management: October 2021
  • Policy Development: November 2021
  • Records and Information Management: January 2022

Upon request, FNPSS can deliver any MTA workshops for one or a group of communities. These are offered on a cost-recovery basis. Contact FNPSS for more information or to request training.

To Date

In 2020/21, FNPSS modified the existing MTAs to a virtual format and began delivering virtual workshops.

In 2020/2021, FNPSS hosted 3 MTAs that focused on Policy Development, Records and Information Management and Human Resources Management. Following these dates, FNPSS hosted additional virtual Policy Development and Human Resources Management sessions in late 2021, with a Records and Information Management session hosted in January 2022.

In 2019, FNPSS hosted 10 MTAs that focused on Policy Development, Records and Information Management and Human Resources Management.

Coaching Circles

Coaching Circles are free drop-in sessions open to MTA participants. Each MTA module will have its own recurring coaching circle. Learn more.

Records and Information Management (RIM)

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The purpose of the RIM MTA is to provide action-focused training that will help participants return to their organizations with strategies for managing their information. During the workshop, participants engage in “hands on” reviews of information capture and control, filing systems, electronic records, security issues and control systems. Additionally, participants work together to develop a strategy, plan and budget guidelines for the establishment and operation of a records and information management program in their respective organizations.

All participants also receive a copy of the FNPSS First Nations Information Management Toolkit. The toolkit includes valuable information and implementation strategies to help facilitate the incorporation of skills learned at the workshop. To request a hard copy of the FNPSS First Nations Information Management Toolkit, contact FNPSS.

Consider participating in additional RIM training offered through FNPSS:

Policy Development

Policy is a tool that helps support communities as they achieve their goals and clarifies how governments operate to the benefit of the citizens. Through the Policy MTA, participants build understanding of the purpose and objectives of policy, learn more about how it is used effectively, and engage in discussions on practical and everyday examples of policy at work within communities. The MTA also focuses on creating and sustaining policy frameworks that are aimed at achieving social, governance, economic and environmental success.

Policy MTA participants also benefit from the FNPSS Policy Development and Implementation Guide, developed to support anyone wanting to learn about policy or needing to develop policies within their First Nation. The Guide includes valuable information and implementation strategies to help facilitate the incorporation of skills learned at the workshop.

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Human Resource Management (HR)

MTA-Poster-HR-website

The purpose of the Human Resource Management (HR) MTA is to provide training that will support participants in developing an HR plan that reinforces the current and future direction of their Nation or community. Participants discover strategic planning tools that are vital to the HR development, including SWOT analysis, tools for training and development, recruitment, reporting, performance management, plan monitoring, evaluation and more. Additionally, participants gain a valuable understanding of the management of HR roles and responsibilities within their teams.

Financial Management

As part of our commitment to ensuring we do not duplicate efforts of our partner organizations, rather than develop and offer unique financial management training, we recommend BC First Nations access the training available from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC (AFOABC) and the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB).

Coaching Circles

Have you previously attended an FNPSS Management Training Academy (MTA) in Human Resources (HR), Policy Development, and/or Records and Information Management (RIM)? Would you be interested in connecting with other past participants and subject matter experts in an informal setting?

Join one of FNPSS' Coaching Circles. These free, informal sessions, led by past MTA facilitators,  provide an opportunity for networking and discussion about common challenges, ideas, and program developments in the areas of HR, Policy, and RIM. Participants of all experience levels in HR, Policy, and RIM are welcome to attend.

Early 2022 Series details - 

  • Human Resources (HR): Completed
    • Moderated by Tanya Thomas - Director of Human Resources, Williams Lake First Nation
  • Policy Development: Completed
    • Moderated by Lisa Pastro - Business Process & Governance Analyst, Westbank First Nation
  • Records & Information Management (RIM): Completed
    • Moderated by Michelle Barroca, Primary Consultant - FY Information Management Consulting

Check back for future Series.

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