About the First Nations Public Service Secretariat

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

The primary purpose of FNPSS is to create and implement a collective plan to support BC First Nation communities and organizations across the core public service sectors as they pursue excellence in their own governments and administrations.

Through engagement with BC First Nations, FNPSS has identified three primary goals

01

Strengthen

Strengthen and support relationships between First Nations Leadership, administration, and communities.

02

Coordinate

Coordinate and strengthen human resource development for Nation workers in the core competencies: human resources, financial and information management, and policy development.

03

Support

Support and enhance human resource development efforts for Nation workers in a range of professional sectors such as health, education, children and families, resource management, etc.

FNPSS has identified four core pillars of public service capacity

Human Resources Management

Financial Management

Records and Information Management

Policy Development and Implementation

FNPSS targets its activities on supporting capacity building across those areas.

How we do it

FNPSS listens to BC First Nations to define our priorities and our work.

We bring First Nations experts and partner organizations together to make training opportunities more readily available to BC First Nations.

We develop new tools and training, and tailor existing ones to better meet the needs of BC First Nations.

We support coordination across organizations to avoid duplication and identify and address gaps.

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We are represented by an Eagle, a powerful symbol for First Nations, in particular the people of the Northwest Coast. The Eagle signifies focus, great strength, peace, leadership, and wisdom. These are traits embodied by those that serve their communities in First Nation administrations and traits we strive to incorporate in everything we do at FNPSS. The Eagle soars to great heights; FNPSS aims to give First Nation public servants the courage to soar too.

Our logo is the work of an Indigenous graphic designer, Robert Mearns, from Poho Studio. If you're looking for a designer and like what you see, contact him at info@poho.studio.

If you wish to use the FNPSS logo in your products, please contact info@fnps.ca for images and our brand guidelines.

The reality is that we already have a First Nations Public Service, but we don’t acknowledge it and work to make it effective and credible.

Our History

Our Future

FNPSS was founded in 2009 because BC First Nations Leadership recognized the need to support BC First Nations to build capacity in their administrations. Our aim is to assist BC First Nations to effectively and efficiently carry out their increasing decision-making powers, whether through greater jurisdiction, increased authority, or overall administration.

Since its re-establishment in 2018, FNPSS has reaffirmed its mandate and objectives through engagement with BC First Nations, and its mission continues to be supporting First Nations in BC to strengthen their own public service.

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FNPSS invites all current and aspiring First Nations Administrators and Elected Leaders to join a 90-minute Fireside Chat with Joe Bevan, former Chief and Councillor with Kitselas First Nation. Joe is Nisga’a/Tshimshian and a member of the Kitselas First Nation. He currently works as a Senior Consultant at Humanity Financial Management in Vancouver.

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FNPSS invites all current and aspiring First Nations Administrators and Elected Leaders to join a 90-minute Fireside Chat with Joe Bevan, former Chief and Councillor with Kitselas First Nation. Joe is Nisga’a/Tshimshian and a member of the Kitselas First Nation. He currently works as a Senior Consultant at Humanity Financial Management in Vancouver. 

Register now: http://ow.ly/pQOo50JekjG

You can catch up on our latest Webinar Wednesday: Using Salary Surveys to Build Salary Structures in Community!

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You can catch up on our latest Webinar Wednesday: Using Salary Surveys to Build Salary Structures in Community!

Watch here: http://ow.ly/kZSG50J7PjT

Did you miss our Fireside Chat with Ernest Armann?

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Did you miss our Fireside Chat with Ernest Armann?

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Better understand your organization’s RIM program by working through FNPSS’ online, self-guided RIM Assessment Toolkit. Visit fnps.ca/resources/#rimassessmenttoolkit to access the Toolkit. Questions? Contact info@fnps.ca. ... See MoreSee Less

Better understand your organization’s RIM program by working through FNPSS’ online, self-guided RIM Assessment Toolkit. Visit https://fnps.ca/resources/#rimassessmenttoolkit to access the Toolkit. Questions? Contact info@fnps.ca.

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is pleased to invite you to a 90-minute online webinar on salary surveys and how they can be used to help build community-specific salary structures. Speakers include Teresa Mullen (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), Cathy Murphy (Fort Nelson First Nation), and Wendy Ham (AFOA BC).

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The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is pleased to invite you to a 90-minute online webinar on salary surveys and how they can be used to help build community-specific salary structures. Speakers include Teresa Mullen (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), Cathy Murphy (Fort Nelson First Nation), and Wendy Ham (AFOA BC).

Register here: http://ow.ly/S6G550IQm9w
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