Important COVID-19 information and updates can be found here: fnps.ca/covid-19
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First Nations
Public Service
Secretariat

Courage to Excel

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) mission is to strengthen and enhance capacity in First Nations communities and organizations, on an individual, organization, and Nation level.

Our Mandate

Purpose

To create and implement a collective plan to support First Nations communities and organizations in BC as they pursue excellence in capacity building and human resource development.

Vision

To support BC First Nations that are exercising their decision-making rights and responsibilities through governments and administrations that strive for excellence in community service.

Mission

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) mission is to strengthen and enhance capacity in First Nations communities and organizations, on an individual and Nation level.

News

Events Update – January 26, 2021

By FNPSS | January 19, 2021

Upcoming Free Webinars: FNPSS, in partnership with AFOA BC, is hosting a free webinar on February 2nd at 11:00am entitled “COVID 19: Planning and Reporting in Unprecedented Times“. Join Sukhi…

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FNPSS IS HIRING!

By FNPSS | November 17, 2020

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with senior leaders in all levels of government. We focus on learning and professional development to support our staff…

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Request for Expressions of Interest from BC Indigenous Organizations to Host an Indigenous Youth Intern for Summer 2021

By FNPSS | January 27, 2021

The Indigenous Youth Internship Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from BC Indigenous Organizations that can provide supportive, educational and meaningful work placements for Indigenous Youth Interns for a three-month period (June 1,…

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Featured Events

Testimonials

"Always wonderful to have the opportunity to learn from other nations and build connections."

Participant at Policy Development Management Training Academy

“Lots of information and good resources.”

Participant at Human Resources Management Training Academy

“Thank you for the great workshop! These sessions really put into perspective how much my Nation has to do - and I look forward to being a part of the process!!”

Participant at Records and Information Management Training Academy

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Registration is open for #OurGathering2021! Join @GCIndigenous @BCAFN @FNSummit and @UBCIC for this virtual event on March 10th + 11th, 2021.

For more information and to register, visit our website at https://t.co/fjwmWDsd9k. #JoinUs #VirtualEvent #BCFirstNations

Aniin friends! The moment those of you passionate about Indg self-government have awaited is here! @3ci_CU, in association with #CFNG, #IPAC, & #SSHRC #CRSH, will be premiering the first event of the #RebuildingFirstNationsGovernance webinar series on 3rd March @ noon EST! #RFNG

Reminder: don't forget to register for next week's first #MindfulMonday session on March 1st! Join us virtually from 9am to 9:20am to start your week (and month) off with grounding and balance. For more info and to register, visit: https://t.co/VNvE54y2nM
#FNPSS #Monday #virtual

Are you interested in what events FNPSS and our partner organizations have coming up? Check out our revamped Events Calendar on our website – a hub for organizations to promote training and events for BC First Nations. Check it out at: https://t.co/XnWAkzSYfK. #New #Events #FNPSS

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Join Institute of Public Administration of Canada - IPAC for a series of five one-hour webinars in 2021 exploring the themes behind Rebuilding First Nations Governance (RFNG) – a community-led, multi-partner research project to find pathways out of the Indian Act and into exercising the inherent right of self-government.

First webinar: March 3, 2021 - “A dream of our people for going on eight generations”
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Cost: Free

Description:
What is Rebuilding First Nations Governance all about? Research project co-leads Satsan (Herb George) and Dr. Frances Abele will introduce the scope, structure and purpose of this SSHRC-funded project to support First Nations to achieve self-government and talk with First Nations partners about why being involved in this project is important to them.

Register now via their website: www.ipac.ca/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=21RFNG01&WebsiteKey=858816d3-b17f-4d39-b926-...

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Join Institute of Public Administration of Canada - IPAC for a series of five one-hour webinars in 2021 exploring the themes behind Rebuilding First Nations Governance (RFNG) – a community-led, multi-partner research project to find pathways out of the Indian Act and into exercising the inherent right of self-government.  

First webinar: March 3, 2021 - “A dream of our people for going on eight generations” 
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Cost: Free

Description: 
What is Rebuilding First Nations Governance all about? Research project co-leads Satsan (Herb George) and Dr. Frances Abele will introduce the scope, structure and purpose of this SSHRC-funded project to support First Nations to achieve self-government and talk with First Nations partners about why being involved in this project is important to them. 

Register now via their website: https://www.ipac.ca/iCore/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=21RFNG01&WebsiteKey=858816d3-b17f-4d39-b926-f499484db52c

#PartnerEvent
#Webinar
#RegisterNow

Registration is now open for #OurGathering2021 kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip ct, co-hosted by GCIndigenous, BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and UBCIC with virtual support from #FNPSS.

Dates: March 10th & 11th, 2021. Times: 9:00am-4:15pm each day.

For more information and to register, visit our website: www.fnps.ca/og2021.

Please note: registration will be limited to 3-4 members from each BC First Nations Band or organization with preference given to First Nations Chief and Council.
#JoinUs
#RegisterNow
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Registration is now open for #OurGathering2021 kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip ct, co-hosted by GCIndigenous,  BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and UBCIC with virtual support from #FNPSS.

Dates: March 10th & 11th, 2021.                                                                 Times: 9:00am-4:15pm each day.

For more information and to register, visit our website: www.fnps.ca/og2021.

Please note: registration will be limited to 3-4 members from each BC First Nations Band or organization with preference given to First Nations Chief and Council. 
#JoinUs 
#RegisterNow 
#BCFirstNations
#FN

A reminder: don't forget to register! Just one week until our first #MindfulMondays session. Start your week (and your month!) off with a sense of connection and balance.

Date: March 1st, 2021
Time: 9:00am-9:20am
Cost: Free
Virtual, on Zoom

Register for this first session, entitled "If I Were a Tree", here: bit.ly/36XN3jD

Want to register for all 5 of our March #MindfulMonday sessions? Check out our revamped Events page on our website: fnps.ca/event/mindful-mondays

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A reminder: dont forget to register! Just one week until our first #MindfulMondays session. Start your week (and your month!) off with a sense of connection and balance.

Date: March 1st, 2021
Time: 9:00am-9:20am
Cost: Free
Virtual, on Zoom

Register for this first session, entitled If I Were a Tree, here: https://bit.ly/36XN3jD

Want to register for all 5 of our March #MindfulMonday sessions? Check out our revamped Events page on our website: https://fnps.ca/event/mindful-mondays

#Mindful
#JoinUS
#Mondays
#FNPSS

Check out FNPSS' new events calendar!

Are you interested in what events FNPSS and our partner organizations have coming up? Check out our revamped Events Calendar – a hub for organizations to promote training and events for BC First Nations, and a place where First Nations can find (and filter) the type of training from multiple organizations that meets their needs. Through a partnership with CivicInfo, FNPSS and our partners’ events can be listed on both calendars, allowing for a broader reach.

Take a look at the new calendar here: fnps.ca/events

Do you have an upcoming event or training for BC First Nations you would like us to cross-promote on our calendar? Reach out to us at info@fnps.ca.
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#UpcomingEvents
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Check out FNPSS new events calendar!

Are you interested in what events FNPSS and our partner organizations have coming up? Check out our revamped Events Calendar – a hub for organizations to promote training and events for BC First Nations, and a place where First Nations can find (and filter) the type of training from multiple organizations that meets their needs. Through a partnership with CivicInfo, FNPSS and our partners’ events can be listed on both calendars, allowing for a broader reach.

Take a look at the new calendar here: https://fnps.ca/events

Do you have an upcoming event or training for BC First Nations you would like us to cross-promote on our calendar? Reach out to us at info@fnps.ca. 
#New
#Update
#Calendar
#UpcomingEvents
#CivicinfoBC

Back by popular demand! Join We'es Tes for 20-minute Monday morning wellness check-ins at 9:00 AM throughout the month of March. Start your week off with a sense of connection and balance. Sessions are open to anyone seeking support and grounding during these challenging times. Pre-registration for each of the sessions is required using the individual links, below.
Dates: March 1-28th, every Monday
Time: 9:00am-9:20am
Cost: Free
Virtually, on Zoom
Register here:
March 1st, "If I Were a Tree": bit.ly/36XN3jD
March 8th, "Holding Each Other Up": bit.ly/2YYiXYO
March 15th, "If I Were Water": bit.ly/3cTLh6V
March 22nd, "Grandfather Stones": bit.ly/36Y4dxC
March 29th, "Tsalik/Squirrel Mind": bit.ly/3cYffqc

We'es Tes (or Sandra Martin Harris) is from the Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Laksilyu, Little Frog Clan, and is a member of the Witset First Nation. Sandra is an Indigenous Focusing Complex Trauma (IFOT) practitioner working with health, social justice, and frontline workers. This work helps her share teachings about inter-generational trauma, grief and loss, using a body-centered and land-based approach.
#FNPSS
#MindfulMondays
#Webinar
#Mindfulness
#JoinUs
#RegisterNow
#Support
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Back by popular demand! Join Wees Tes for 20-minute Monday morning wellness check-ins at 9:00 AM throughout the month of March. Start your week off with a sense of connection and balance. Sessions are open to anyone seeking support and grounding during these challenging times. Pre-registration for each of the sessions is required using the individual links, below.
Dates: March 1-28th, every Monday
Time: 9:00am-9:20am
Cost: Free
Virtually, on Zoom
Register here:
March 1st, If I Were a Tree: https://bit.ly/36XN3jD
March 8th, Holding Each Other Up: https://bit.ly/2YYiXYO
March 15th, If I Were Water: https://bit.ly/3cTLh6V
March 22nd, Grandfather Stones: https://bit.ly/36Y4dxC
March 29th, Tsalik/Squirrel Mind: https://bit.ly/3cYffqc

Wees Tes (or Sandra Martin Harris) is from the Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Laksilyu, Little Frog Clan, and is a member of the Witset First Nation. Sandra is an Indigenous Focusing Complex Trauma (IFOT) practitioner working with health, social justice, and frontline workers. This work helps her share teachings about inter-generational trauma, grief and loss, using a body-centered and land-based approach.
#FNPSS
#MindfulMondays
#Webinar
#Mindfulness
#JoinUs
#RegisterNow
#Support
#COVID19

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Registration is now open for #OurGathering2021 kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip ct, co-hosted by @GCIndigenous, @BCAFN, #FirstNationsSummit, and @UBCIC, with virtual support from #FNPSS.

Dates: March 10th & 11th, 2021. Times: 9:00am-4:15pm each day.
For more information and to register, visit the link in our bio.

Please note: registration will be limited to 3-4 members from each BC First Nations Band or organization with preference given to First Nations Chief and Council.
#JoinUs #RegisterNow #BCFirstNations
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Back by popular demand! Join We'es Tes for 20-minute Monday morning Zoom wellness check-ins at 9:00 AM throughout the month of March. Start your week off with a sense of connection and balance. Sessions are open to anyone seeking support and grounding during these challenging times. Pre-registration for each individual session is required, click the link in our bio to register!

Dates: March 1-29th, every Monday
Time: 9:00am-9:20am
Cost: Free
Virtual session, on Zoom

March 1st: "If I Were a Tree"
March 8th: "Holding Each Other Up"
March 15th: "If I Were Water"
March 22nd: "Grandfather Stones"
March 29th: "Tsalik/Squirrel Mind"

We'es Tes (or Sandra Martin Harris) is from the Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Laksilyu, Little Frog Clan, and is a member of the Witset First Nation. Sandra is an Indigenous Focusing Complex Trauma (IFOT) practitioner working with health, social justice, and frontline workers. This work helps her share teachings about inter-generational trauma, grief and loss, using a body-centered and land-based approach.
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#FNPSS #MindfulMondays #JoinUs #Zoom #VirtualSession #Mindfulness #StressRelief #Balance #Support #RegisterNow
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*New Webinar announcement!*

Join us on Tuesday, February 2nd at 11:00am for AFOA BC & FNPSS' webinar event COVID-19: Planning and Reporting in Unprecedented Times.

Cost: Free

Description: Significant funds have been distributed to First Nations over the last year to respond to the pandemic. With the fiscal year-end coming up and ongoing uncertainty on reporting requirements and financial accountability, webinar panelists will discuss how they have been managing their finances to be able to pivot and manage their COVID relief funds for audits and budgets. Join Sukhi Chouhan (Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC), Brian Conner (Penticton Indian Band) and Heather Fader (Shackan Indian Band) to learn how other First Nations are preparing for the unknown, from ensuring they can report out on their COVID spending to being able to apply for newly-released funds to budgeting for the uncertain times ahead. FNPSS would like to recognize the support of AFOA BC in bringing this webinar to life!

Register via the link in our bio. We hope to see you there!
#FNPSS #webinar #registernow
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Are you a federal government public servant? Join the BCFC & FNPSS this Thursday, January 28th, at 12:00pm for our newest Reverse Townhall: How to Best Engage and Consult with First Nations During COVID-19.

Link to register is available in our bio.

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 Chief Christopher Derickson and Collette Sunday, who will share 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 discussions and initiatives.

#FNPSS #BCFC #townhall #registernow #publicservice #FirstNations
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*Survey for Band Administrators: A First Nations Navigation Tool of Government of Canada Programs and Services*

Knowledge is power! Sharing knowledge is leadership!
Are you a Band Administrator? We need your help building a tool for Band Administrators to better understand and be aware of Government of Canada programs and services for First Nations! And you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card or free FNPSS training for participating!

Complete the survey by Friday, January 29, 2021 to be entered to win a $100 VISA gift card. We thank you in advance for participating.

To complete the short, mobile-friendly, survey, please find the link in our bio or on our website under "Events - News".

#survey #tool #fnpss #WeNeedYou #BCFirstNations
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Announcement: *Speaker Added!*
Wednesday, January 20th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

COVID-19 Vaccination – The Realities of Community Roll-Out

As COVID-19 vaccines become available in British Columbia, remote First Nations are among the first to receive doses for their community members. Join Chief Kevin Peacey from Klahoose First Nation, Mariah Charleson from Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Feddie Louie from Tahltan Band Council, and Dr. Nel Wieman from the First Nations Health Authority as they share stories about what has worked, what has been challenging, and what they have learned during the implementation process.

Registration link is located in our bio.

This webinar is part of FNPSS Webinar Wednesdays, which features speakers on topics of current interest and relevance to BC First Nations administrators and leaders. These sessions are based on First Nation to First Nation learning and are a key element of the FNPSS Mentorship Network. For further information, please contact mentorship@fnps.ca.

#webinarwednesdays
#joinus #registernow #fnpss #firstnation #webinar #virtual
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Register now to reserve your spot in the upcoming Human Resources Management MTA Webinar Series!

Who Should Attend? BC First Nation Leaders, Band Administrators, and Managers.

This Management Training Academy on Human Resources Management will be delivered once a week over a 3 week period. Day 1 will cover HR foundational topics including Strategic HR Planning and Succession Planning that provides formal processes for building capacity to meet current and future human resource needs. Day 2 will focus on the legal aspects of HR, including the day-to-day legal obligations as an employer, as well as recent changes to legislation due to COVID-19, followed by a talk on promoting health and wellness among staff during the pandemic. Lastly, day 3 will cover the importance of establishing and maintaining effective workplace relationships and managing performance effectively.
Facilitators: Robin Henry, Two Eagles HR Consulting

Dates:
January 27
February 3
February 10
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (each day)
Price: $185 (includes all three half-day sessions)

Register now! (link in bio)
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FNPSS Webinar Wednesdays
Wednesday, January 20th
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

COVID-19 Vaccination – The Realities of Community Roll-Out

As COVID-19 vaccines become available in British Columbia, remote First Nations are among the first to receive doses for their community members. Join Chief Kevin Peacey from Klahoose First Nation, Feddie Louie from Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and Mariah Charleson from Tahltan Band Council as they share stories around what has worked, what has been challenging, and what they have learned during the implementation process.

Registration Link: (link available in bio)

This webinar is part of FNPSS Webinar Wednesdays, which features speakers on topics of current interest and relevance to BC First Nations administrators and leaders. These sessions are based on First Nation to First Nation learning and are a key element of the FNPSS Mentorship Network. For further information, please contact mentorship@fnps.ca

#webinarwednesdays
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FNPSS is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Management Training Academy Webinar Series!

Human Resources Management

Who Should Attend? BC First Nation Leaders, Band Administrators, and Managers.

This Management Training Academy on Human Resources Management will be delivered once a week over a 3 week period. Day 1 will cover HR foundational topics including Strategic HR Planning and Succession Planning that provides formal processes for building capacity to meet current and future human resource needs. Day 2 will focus on the legal aspects of HR, including the day-to-day legal obligations as an employer, as well as recent changes to legislation due to COVID-19, followed by a talk on promoting health and wellness among staff during the pandemic. Lastly, day 3 will cover the importance of establishing and maintaining effective workplace relationships and managing performance effectively.

Facilitators: Robin Henry, Two Eagles HR Consulting

Dates:
January 27
February 3
February 10

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (each day)

Price: $185 (includes all three half-day sessions)

Register now: (link in bio)
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