COVID-19 Information

Welcome to the FNPSS COVID-19 Information and Resource page

As BC First Nation communities, administrators, businesses and individuals confront and manage the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, access to accurate information from multiple sources in a timely manner is essential. Financial, general, administrative, health and emergency response information from various trusted First Nation and government organizations are listed.

Note that every effort is made to keep this resource up to date; however, as deadlines vary, especially for funding, some resources may be out of date.

In each section, we provide general contacts if you are looking for more specific information. If you are looking for information about public health, medical information or advice in particular related to COVID-19, please contact those organizations directly. This resource listing is for information only. The FNPSS makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy or suitability of any information in the listed materials, nor does it administer or deliver any programs or services detailed on this site.

Contact the FNPSS to update us on new resources that could be included below.

Financial Supports and Benefits

COVID-19 at-a-Glance

In partnership with the BC Federal Council, FNPSS has created a series of informational one-pagers that outline useful supports and resources available on key topics related to COVID-19. Please share them with your organizations and communities.

General Support and Information

Government of Canada / Services Canada

  • Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
    Categorized into support for individuals, businesses, sectors, organizations helping Canadians, support for provinces and territories (source: GoC, type: website, dated: updated regularly)
  • New Federal COVID-19 Supports
    Canada Response Benefits and Changes to Employment Insurance, presentation by Brenda Giesbrecht, Outreach Liaison, Service Canada, Dianne Stoesz, Outreach Liaison, Service Canada, Karen Martin, Outreach Manager, CRA and Saverio Desantis, Officer, CRA (source: Service Canada, type: webinar, dated: November 4, 2020) - Presentation materials

Indigenous Services Canada

Support for First Nation Band Administration

FNPSS

  • Accessing COVID-19 Supports for First Nations
    Presentation by Karen Martin, CRA, Saverio Desantis, CRA and Mary Leslie, Heiltsuk Nation (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: April 29, 2020)
  • Managing New Economic Realities
    Presentation by Chief Commissioner Manny Jules, First Nations Tax Commission and Chief David Jimmie, Squiala First Nation (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: April 15, 2020)
  • Secwepemc Nation’s Economic Impacts due to COVID-19
    Presentation by Councillor Jeanette Jules, Title and Rights, Legal (Day Scholars, DRI) and Community Services Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Greg Booth, Director, Indigenous Economic Opportunity, Secretariat to the Indigenous Investment Council, Innovation and Technology Division, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Bill Guerin, Associate Regional Director General, ISC and David S. Russell, Director, Lands and Economic Development, ISC (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: April 6, 2020)

BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19 – A series of presentations

  1. Chief Byron Louis, Okanagan Indian Band and Councillor Alison Trenholm, Homalco First Nation
    (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: April 2, 2020)
  2. Chief Chris Derickson, Westbank First Nation and Erik Blaney, Emergency Planning Advisor, Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council
    (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: March 26, 2020)
  3. Rob Bullock, Band Administrator, Ahousaht First Nation and Collette Sunday, Band Administrator, Upper Nicola Band
    (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: March 25, 2020)
  4. Sandra Olson, Chief Executive Officer, Nak’azdli Whut’en and Councillor Deanna George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
    (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: March 20, 2020)

Support for First Nations Individuals

Government of Canada / Services Canada

Taxes

Canadian Revenue Agency

Support for First Nations Businesses

Government of Canada / Services Canada

BC Assembly of First Nations

Province of BC

  • COVID-19 Supports for Businesses
    (loans, grants, rent support, wage support, changes to taxes, bill relief and other) (source: Prov of BC, type: website, dated: December 22, 2020)

Contact Information

General Resources

First Nations Leadership Council

Province of BC

BC Assembly of First Nations

Indigenous Services Canada

Institute of Public Administration of Canada

Administration Resources

FNPSS

  1. Tool Box Talks: The 20/20/20 Rule (PDF)
  2. How to Make Your Computer Workstation Fit You (PDF)
  3. Department Workplace Scan and Contingency Planning Worksheet (PDF)
  4. Emergency Office Closure Workforce Planning Policy (PDF)
  5. Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Working at Home (PDF)
  6. Emergency Office Closure Temporary Teleworker Agreement (PDF)
  7. Workstation and Work Area Disinfecting Policy (PDF)

Health and Prevention of COVID-19

Prevention / Awareness / Planning Resources

FNPSS Webinars

  • COVID-19 Vaccination: The Realities of Community Roll-Out
    (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: January 20, 2021)
  • Outbreak! Lessons Learned from BC First Nations
    Presentation by Shannon Alfred, Health and Safety Manager, ‘Namgis First Nation Health Centre, Erik Blaney, Fire Chief, Tla’amin Nation, Chris Lewis, Spokesperson/Council Member, Squamish Nation Council, Kyle Marshall, Director, Emergency Operations Center, Skidegate Band Council (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: October 6, 2020)
  • First Nations Child and Family Services during the COVID-19 Crisis
    Presentation by Cheryl Casumer, Executive Task Group, First Nations Summit, Allison Bond, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Children and Family Development and Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: April 8, 2020)
  • Wellness in a Time of Uncertainty
    Presentation by Babs Stevens, CAO, Skidegate Band Council and Healer, and Sandra Harris, Wet’suwet’en Trauma Practitioner (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: April 8, 2020)

First Nations Health Authority

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) plays a role within the provincial emergency management structure by providing health and wellness services to support BC First Nation communities. For COVID-19 response, FNHA (in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and Regional Health Authorities) supports communities through direct coordination of response to medical and health-related requests.

Northern Health BC

Indigenous Services Canada

Government of Canada / Service Canada

Province of BC

Community Organisations

Health Care / Mental Health

FNPSS

  • Food Security During a Pandemic
    Presentation by Jeneen Hunt, Ditidaht First Nation, Anne Atleo, Ahousaht First Nation and Milica Nauman, ISC (source: FNPSS, type: webinar, dated: May 20, 2020)

First Nations Health Authority

Community Organisations

KUU-US Crisis Services

General: 1-800-588-8717

Adult/Elder: 1-250-723-4050

Child/Youth: 1-250-723-2040

Hope for Wellness

General: 1-855-242-3310

Chatbox to connect with a counselor online

FNHA Contact Information

For individual health care and COVID-19 questions call 8-1-1 or primary care provider.

Emergency Response

Emergency Management BC

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is the Province’s lead coordinating agency for emergency response to non-health related needs of COVID-19 impacts. This work is done in collaboration with local governments, First Nations, provincial and federal departments, industry, non-government organizations and volunteers. They also host regular regional coordination calls, which First Nations are invited to join. EMBC Regional Operations offices will function as universal entry for Indigenous communities seeking supports.

Indigenous Services Canada

Updates from ISC

ISC BC Updates

ISC BC Region is supporting First Nations on-reserve in coronavirus response through a number of programs and services, including the Emergency Management Assistance Program and Income Assistance. The department will also play a role in delivering distinction-based funding as announced by the Prime Minister.

2021

September

  • Update #87 - September 15
    Frequently Asked Questions from the All Chiefs Town Hall on Wildfires | Indigenous Community Support Fund Allocations | Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program

August

  • Update #86 - August 10
    All Chiefs Town Hall on Wildfires | Emergency Management funding programs at ISC | What Should You Do If There Are Concerns About Potential Water Shortages

July

  • Update #85 - July 16
    Wildfire Information and FAQ | Health and safety around wildfire smoke | Culturally Sensitive Mental Health and Wellness Supports
  • Update #84 - July 2
    Wildfire Information | Legislation to implement UNDRIP becomes law | Action against hate speech and hate crimes

June

  • Update #83 - June 18
    2nd virtual session of Our Gathering 2021 | Indigenous Community Business Fund | Expanding shelters network for Indigenous peoples
  • Update #82 - June 11
    Indigenous Community Support Fund | Own-Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative | Residential Schools Missing Children – Community Support Funding
  • Update #81 - June 4
    Indigenous Community Support Fund | National Action Plan to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls And 2SLGBTQQIA+ People

May

  • Update #80 - May 5
    Mental Health Week | Registration and Status Card Updates | Budget 2021

April

  • Update #79 - April 21
    Income Assistance Information | Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program | Emergency Assistance for Post-secondary Students in the North
  • Update #78 - April 8
    COVID-19 vaccination | First Nations Well-Being Fund | Tax Filing Tips

March

February

January

  • Update #74 - January 26
    Details of new funding through the Indigenous Community Support Fund | Income Assistance changes
  • Update #73 - January 15
    Announcement of the release of the funding through Indigenous Community Support Fund | Update on funding for food security for Indigenous communities
  • Update #72 – January 11
    Updates on Indigenous Community Support Fund, Province of BC support of Tourism sector, and 'CleanBC Better Homes'

2020

ISC BC Town Halls

  • ISC BC Region Town Hall
    Presentation by Rick Milone, FNHA, Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA, Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region, Bill Guerin, Associate Regional Director General, David Russell, Director Lands and Economic Development, Wendy Rogers, Director Programs and Partnerships, and Jody Kaden, Director Funding Services (source: ISC BC, type: webinar, dated: September 16, 2020)
  • ISC BC Region Town Hall
    Presentation by Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region, and members of the ISC BC Region Executive Leadership Team (source: ISC BC, type: webinar, dated: August 4, 2020)
  • ISC BC Region Town Hall with FNSA and FNESC
    Presentation by Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region, Tyrone McNeil, President of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Edith Loring-Kuhanga, President of the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), and representatives of the BC Ministry of Education (source: ISC BC, type: webinar, dated: May 1, 2020)
  • ISC BC Region Town Hall
    Presentation by Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region, members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, and representatives of the FNHA (source: ISC BC, type: webinar, dated: April 16, 2020) - Webinar coming soon
  • ISC BC Response to COVID-19 for BC First Nations
    Presentation by Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region, members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, FNHA (source: ISC BC, type: webinar, dated: April 3, 2020)
  • ISC BC Response to COVID-19 for BC First Nations
    Presentation by Bill Guerin, Associate Regional Director General, ISC BC Region and Leah George-Wilson, Co-Chair, First Nations Summit and Chief of Tsleil-Waututh Nation (source: ISC BC, type: webinar, dated: March 27, 2020)

ISC National Updates

ISC Contact Information

Social Feeds

Registration is now open for this year's Post-Secondary BC Virtual Fairs! Are you interested in learning more about NVIT or post-secondary education? If yes, attend one or more of the upcoming FREE virtual events! Register to attend at https://t.co/zsFB3UioA7.

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

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.
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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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