Community Projects

FNPSS connects community needs with resources and initiatives, often leveraging our partners and their strengthsThese initiatives are meeting specific needs identified by individual First Nations through sharing of expertise, funding, and collaboration.

Institute of Public Administration of Canada - Volunteer Indigenous Policy Project

The VIP Project is an initiative that aims to match experienced policy expert volunteers from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) with First Nations with policy project needs. A key principle of the VIP Project is mutual and reciprocal learning; the IPAC expert will not perform the work for the community but will assist by sharing expertise. This approach achieves two goals: building capacity within the community while meeting a real policy need that the community might otherwise have hired a consultant to undertake.

The VIP Project is based on the success of the Transitional Governance Project implemented using this model in Lil’wat Nation. The Lil’wat Nation presented at the FNPSS 2019 Breaking Barriers – Building Connections conference, and you can hear them speak about their experience by watching the IPAC webinar.

In partnership with FNPSS, IPAC is piloting VIP Projects with BC First Nations communities and IPAC volunteer experts. There are three pilot projects currently underway:

Upper Nicola Band: A project centering around child adoption laws

Tl’etinqox Government: A bylaw project to create community bylaws in a variety of areas and may include horse control, land use and/or environmentally sensitive areas

Takla First Nation: A bylaw project to establish community bylaws in several areas that could potentially include community health and safety, speed limits, license requirements and pet control

First Nations Well Being Fund

The First Nations Well Being Fund supports First Nations in their efforts to promote well being, increase quality of life for all community members (both on and off reserve) and reduce poverty at the community and/or Nation level.

Collaborative Community-Federal Projects

As one initiative under the Strengthening Public Service Institutions Initiative, Collaborative Community-Federal Projects bring together community-identified needs and priorities with resources, expertise and training available in the federal government.

The objectives include:

  1. Building capacity and development opportunities for First Nations administrations based on their identified needs and priorities
  1. Building capacity and development opportunities for federal public servants around strengthening Indigenous awareness and cultural competencies

The first project underway is a collaboration between Musqueam First Nation and Statistics Canada. As Musqueam First Nation embarks on their third community census as part of their larger community planning process, Statistics Canada is supporting their work through training around data collection, management and analysis.

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Congratulations to the 11 graduates of the first ever FNPSS Foundations of First Nations Administration course. The BC First Nation senior administrators spent 7 weeks meeting 3 times a week on Zoom and completed the program with a week of in-person learning and networking.

“I enjoyed the ability to share stories with others who are in the same position and going through the same things. It is good to know we are not alone.”

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Congratulations to the 11 graduates of the first ever FNPSS Foundations of First Nations Administration course. The BC First Nation senior administrators spent 7 weeks meeting 3 times a week on Zoom and completed the program with a week of in-person learning and networking.

“I enjoyed the ability to share stories with others who are in the same position and going through the same things. It is good to know we are not alone.”

“I have raved about the course to all my directors and truly believe that everyone is eligible should attend in order to improve their understanding.”

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Expression of Interests are being sought for fall, winter and spring 2022/2023 First Nations community and Indigenous organization intern placements.

If you have a meaningful project or role for an intern within your First Nations community or organization and you are able to supervise their progress, please contact Michaela Delong at MDeLong@fnps.ca.

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Expression of Interests are being sought for fall, winter and spring 2022/2023 First Nations community and Indigenous organization intern placements.

If you have a meaningful project or role for an intern within your First Nations community or organization and you are able to supervise their progress, please contact Michaela Delong at MDeLong@fnps.ca. 

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