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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Today, September 30th, 2022, FNPSS would like to recognize and commemorate the 2nd Annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We acknowledge the trauma caused by Residential Schools, honour the survivors, and remember the children who did not come home. Our offices will be closed today, and we will reopen on Monday, October 2nd.

For those who need support, the IRSSS has a 24-hour crisis line available: 1-866-925-4419
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Today, September 30th, 2022, FNPSS would like to recognize and commemorate the 2nd Annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

We acknowledge the trauma caused by Residential Schools, honour the survivors, and remember the children who did not come home. Our offices will be closed today, and we will reopen on Monday, October 2nd.

For those who need support, the IRSSS has a 24-hour crisis line available: 1-866-925-4419

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Full-time Program Assistant needed to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS).

Deadline to apply has been extended to October 5, 2022.

Learn more about the position and how to apply: ow.ly/Z7Pi50KWnXO
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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Full-time Program Assistant needed to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS). 

Deadline to apply has been extended to October 5, 2022. 

Learn more about the position and how to apply: http://ow.ly/Z7Pi50KWnXO

Are you a new, seasoned, or aspiring administrator or elected leader in a BC First Nation hoping to take your leadership skills to the next level? If so, this training is designed for you! Please join us starting on October 4th for the second part in this three-part Leadership Training series: Leading Others. If you attended part 1 of this training, we encourage you to register for part 2 and 3 as a series. For more information on part 1, check out our website. All trainings are virtual events hosted on Zoom and are offered at no-cost for participants who are willing to attend all sessions.

If you are interested in participating in this training, register here: ow.ly/X69z50KWaJF
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Are you a new, seasoned, or aspiring administrator or elected leader in a BC First Nation hoping to take your leadership skills to the next level? If so, this training is designed for you! Please join us starting on October 4th for the second part in this three-part Leadership Training series: Leading Others. If you attended part 1 of this training, we encourage you to register for part 2 and 3 as a series. For more information on part 1, check out our website. All trainings are virtual events hosted on Zoom and are offered at no-cost for participants who are willing to attend all sessions. 

If you are interested in participating in this training, register here: http://ow.ly/X69z50KWaJF

ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS!

For more information and details on how to apply: ow.ly/VOvI50KQTvt
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ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS! 

For more information and details on how to apply:  http://ow.ly/VOvI50KQTvt

Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now!

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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