BC First Nations Data Governance Strategy Engagement Sessions

The federal government, through Budget 2021, proposes to invest $73.5 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to continue work towards the development and implementation of a First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS).

First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Summer Knowledge-Sharing Sessions

August and September 2021

BC First Nations Governments have called for and are now preparing for the implementation of a national First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS), which includes the formation of a Data Centre to serve BC First Nations Governments. This summer knowledge-sharing series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), is being held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management. Data governance and information management experts will present and share resources during these interactive sessions.

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership - Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments can assert ownership over their Nation's intellectual property (i.e. language, stories, songs, practices, etc.) and identity.

Data Governance: Government to Government Data Quality and Sharing Agreements - Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 1:00-2:30pm

BC has a great diversity of First Nations cultures with 34 living languages and many dialects associated with the Indigenous Nations that hold rights in BC. During this session, participants will explore the concept of Quality Data from various First Nations worldviews, and they will review a preliminary draft of a First Nations Government developed Data Quality and Sharing Agreement template.

Data and Information Management: Policies and Procedures to Manage and Protect Data - Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 10:30am-12:00pm

First Nations Governments create and receive massive amounts of data in the form of documents, studies, and correspondence. To govern the management of these resources, policies and procedures need to be in place to manage resources and their creation, retention, storage, sharing, and analysis. During this session, a Data Governance Framework and Policy Manual for First Nations Governments will be shared with participants, as will a variety of other records and information management resources.

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership

Wednesday, August 4

Data Governance: Government to Government Data Quality and Sharing Agreements

Tuesday, August 17
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Data and Information Management: Policies and Procedures to Manage and Protect Data

Wednesday, September 1
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Engagement Sessions

BC Leadership have been lobbying for this data strategy for years, the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) drafted it, and engagement on its implementation began in May 2021!

FNIGC, the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), and the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) invited elected leaders, senior administrators, and data leads to join them for a discussion on the implementation of the FNDGS.  They were looking for input to develop a clear, collective mandate for the BC Data Champions Team to follow as they implement the strategy and develop the BC Regional Information Governance Centre.  Through engagement sessions  and knowledge-sharing sessions, they hope to connect with every First Nation government in BC.

To provide context and showcase the work already completed, we have compiled a folder of key documents related to the FNIGC.

The goals for these engagements were to:

  • Strengthen data governance principles
  • Shape a future political resolution for data governance
  • Outline Nation-based data governance needs and priorities
  • Determine future functions of a Regional Information Governance Centre

Who was invited

Community leadership (e.g. chiefs, councillors, leaders) within each First Nation and language group in BC, plus their senior administrator and/or data lead

May 2021 - Concluded

Language Groups

Language Groups

Region

Dates

Times

Registration Link

Algic Algonquian / Ktunaxa / Tsimshianic / Xaad Kil

Anishnaabemowin Nēhiyawēwin, Ktunaxa, Gitsenimx, Nisga’a, Sküüxs, Smalgyax, Xaad Kil/ Xaaydaa Kil (Haida)

Mid-province

Monday, May 17

1:00-3:30 PM

Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit Dene (Athabaskan)

Dakelh, Dane-Zaa, Danezage, Dene K’e, Nedut’en / Wetsuwet’en, Tāłtān, Tse’khene, Tsilhqot'in, Tutchone, Łingít

North

Tuesday, May 18

1:00-3:30 PM

Salishan Coast Salish

Éy7á7juuthem, Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hənqəminəm, SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lekwungen, / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke, She shashishalhem, Sḵwwú7mesh sníchim

Southwest

Wednesday, May 19

1:00-3:30 PM

Thursday, May 27

1:00-3:30 PM

Salishan Interior Salish / Salishan Nuxalk

Nłeʔkepmxcín, Nsyilxcən, Secwepemctsin, Stámtimcets, Nuxalk

Central Interior

Thursday, May 20

1:00-3:30 PM

Wednesday, May 26

1:00-3:30 PM

Wakashan

Diitiid?aa?tx, Hailhzaqvla, Kwakwala, nuučaanuɫ, ‘Wuikala, Xenaksialakala / Xa’islakala

Southern Coastal

Tuesday, May 25

1:00-3:30 PM

Open Session

All Nations

All Nations

Friday, May 28

1:00-3:30 PM

First Nations Data Governance Strategy Files

Significant work has occurred to provide context to the conversation about the First Nations Data Governance Strategy. We invite you to view key resources, including the following:

  • Welcome to a Conversation on Implementing the First Nations Data Governance Strategy, 2021
  • A First Nations Data Governance Strategy
  • Data Governance Discussion Paper
  • Disaggregated demographic data collection in British Columbia: The grandmother perspective
  • In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care

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Foundations in Leadership for Administrators and Chief & Council Part I – Leading Self
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To register and learn more, visit https://t.co/j5haTrWkhy by October 15th, 2021.

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrow's Chief & Council session!

September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PS

Please visit our website to register https://t.co/kMlHvQHTIp. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca.

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Foundations in Leadership for Administrators and Chief & Council Part I – Leading Self
*Back by Popular Demand!*

Are you a new, seasoned, or aspiring administrator or elected leader hoping to take your leadership skills to the next level? If so, this training is designed for you!

The leadership series features six 2.5-hour interactive online training sessions (Tuesdays from 9:00-11:30am on October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30) developed by a First Nations advisory group and Laara Yaghujaanas, an Indigenous governance specialist. The sessions in the first part – “Leading Self” – of this three-part series build on one another and focus on the following topics:

- Leading Self
- Team Development
- Conflict Management
- Systems Thinking
- Organizational Development
- Strategic Planning

To register and to learn more, visit ow.ly/NDKI30rTxwU by October 15th, 2021.
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Foundations in Leadership for Administrators and Chief & Council Part I – Leading Self
*Back by Popular Demand!*

Are you a new, seasoned, or aspiring administrator or elected leader hoping to take your leadership skills to the next level? If so, this training is designed for you!

The leadership series features six 2.5-hour interactive online training sessions (Tuesdays from 9:00-11:30am on October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30) developed by a First Nations advisory group and Laara Yaghujaanas, an Indigenous governance specialist. The sessions in the first part – “Leading Self” – of this three-part series build on one another and focus on the following topics:

- Leading Self
- Team Development
- Conflict Management
- Systems Thinking
- Organizational Development
- Strategic Planning

To register and to learn more, visit  http://ow.ly/NDKI30rTxwU by October 15th, 2021.

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This is a reminder to register now for tomorrow's Chief & Council session!

September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PS

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity.

This upcoming Chief & Council session will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session ow.ly/qw8Y50G6yaO. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca.

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.
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This is a reminder to register now for tomorrows Chief & Council session! 

September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PS

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity. 

This upcoming Chief & Council session will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session http://ow.ly/qw8Y50G6yaO. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.

There’s still time to apply for the BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship!

Deadline: September 30, 2021

This scholarship aims to provide support for Indigenous professionals to access training related to the administration or management of public services in their First Nation government. The scholarship is valid for one year in the amount of up to $1,500 and will be provided to the successful candidate as a voucher to the specified post-secondary institution upon proof of registration. Two scholarships will be awarded in 2021.

The scholarship was first awarded in 2020 to Stacie Coutlee and Saul ‘Hazil’hba’ Brown. To learn more about our winners from 2020, please visit our website: ow.ly/AcFB50G3qn8

Eligibility: The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government.

Applicants must be enrolled in full or part-time study in an accredited post-secondary course or program. Please note that preference will be given applicants working towards a diploma, certificate or degree. The course or program may be offered online or in-person.

Area(s) of study must be related to the administration or management of core public services in First Nations government.

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply please visit the FNPSS ow.ly/3dtL50G3qn9 LGMA website ow.ly/jBTV50G3qn7 .
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There’s still time to apply for the BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship!

Deadline: September 30, 2021

This scholarship aims to provide support for Indigenous professionals to access training related to the administration or management of public services in their First Nation government. The scholarship is valid for one year in the amount of up to $1,500 and will be provided to the successful candidate as a voucher to the specified post-secondary institution upon proof of registration. Two scholarships will be awarded in 2021.

The scholarship was first awarded in 2020 to Stacie Coutlee and Saul ‘Hazil’hba’ Brown. To learn more about our winners from 2020, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/AcFB50G3qn8

Eligibility: The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government. 

Applicants must be enrolled in full or part-time study in an accredited post-secondary course or program. Please note that preference will be given applicants working towards a diploma, certificate or degree. The course or program may be offered online or in-person. 

Area(s) of study must be related to the administration or management of core public services in First Nations government.

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply please visit the FNPSS http://ow.ly/3dtL50G3qn9 LGMA website http://ow.ly/jBTV50G3qn7 .

There's less than a week left to put in your Expression of Interest to host an Indigenous intern! Apply now!

Deadline: August 31, 2021!

For more information, please visit our website: ow.ly/3GYF50FRuxW...

The Expression of interest form and Intern profiles can be found here: ow.ly/1TH650FRuxY

If you require support in completing the Expression of Interest, please contact Amory Adrian at 604-341-0017 or aadrian@fnps.ca

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Expressions of Interest are now being sought for fall 2021 Intern placements. As an important component of federal participation in the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP), interns will be placed for three months with a First Nation community or Indigenous organization while their salary continues to be covered by the federal government. If you are able to provide supervision and a meaningful project/role for an intern, please complete an Expression of Interest form and email the completed form to info@fnps.ca.

The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program was created through a collaboration between the BC Assembly of First Nations, the BC Business Council, and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Interns are recent graduates, who self-identify as Indigenous, from 25 recognized BC post-secondary institutions. Further information on the IILP may be found through the VIU website.
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Theres less than a week left to put in your Expression of Interest to host an Indigenous intern! Apply now! 

Deadline: August 31, 2021!

For more information, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/3GYF50FRuxW...

The Expression of interest form and Intern profiles can be found here: http://ow.ly/1TH650FRuxY 

If you require support in completing the Expression of Interest, please contact Amory Adrian at 604-341-0017 or aadrian@fnps.ca

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Expressions of Interest are now being sought for fall 2021 Intern placements. As an important component of federal participation in the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP), interns will be placed for three months with a First Nation community or Indigenous organization while their salary continues to be covered by the federal government. If you are able to provide supervision and a meaningful project/role for an intern, please complete an Expression of Interest form and email the completed form to info@fnps.ca. 

The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program was created through a collaboration between the BC Assembly of First Nations, the BC Business Council, and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Interns are recent graduates, who self-identify as Indigenous, from 25 recognized BC post-secondary institutions. Further information on the IILP may be found through the VIU website.

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrow's session!

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is hosting Chief & Council engagement sessions in August and September of this year.

August 24, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm PST

Can't make it tomorrow? Register for our next session!
September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PST

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity.

These upcoming Chief & Council sessions will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session ow.ly/lEZC50FWCVj. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca.

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.
... See MoreSee Less

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrows session! 

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is hosting Chief & Council engagement sessions in August and September of this year.  

August 24, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm PST

Cant make it tomorrow? Register for our next session! 
September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PST

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity. 

These upcoming Chief & Council sessions will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session http://ow.ly/lEZC50FWCVj. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.
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