FNPSS Foundations of First Nation Administration Course Concludes

From June 27 – 29, 2022, eleven First Nations Chief Administrative Officers, Band Managers, and Executive Directors from across the province gathered for the last week of an 8-week hybrid training program entitled Foundations of First Nations Administration.

As the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) first in-person workshop since 2019, we were delighted to host this cohort of First Nations Administrative professionals after connecting with them for 7 weeks previously over Zoom for the virtual portion of the training. We would like to extend our thanks to Elder Larry Grant from Musqueam First Nation for opening our session with a prayer and helping who provided us with an opening prayer on Day 1 and starting us all in a good way for the learning ahead.

Some feedback from the participants included:

“I enjoyed finally having the opportunity to meet fellow colleagues in the same position who have the same issues and achievements within their roles and nations. To be able to discuss our challenges in an open forum was very enlightening. I found it all to be very beneficial.”

To close the learning series, the 3-day in-person workshop ended with a “Participant Takeaway” session, where the cohort was divided into small groups to deliver a short presentation on their experiences, showcase their learning and significant takeaways from the course overall. All participants echoed the desire to continue to connect through Nation-to-Nation sharing, which was incredibly valuable throughout the entire learning series.

FNPSS’ Foundations of First Nations Administration is a training program offered at no-cost to those working in First Nations administration as Chief Administrative Officers, Band Managers, Executive Directors, or those in equivalent roles. This 8-week comprehensive introductory series featured over 25 sessions by experts and keynote speakers and provided opportunities for informal coaching, networking, and skills development. To attend the course, the selected participants were required to commit a significant amount of time each week, as well as obtaining approval from their Chief and Council.

Some of the sessions that were held during the series include, but are not limited to, the following topics and speakers:

  • An Introduction to the Role of Government and Administration, by Laara Yaghujaanas – Primary, Carden Consulting
  • Planning Tools (Strategic planning, CCP, and more) with Cara Basil – Planner, Alderhill Planning
  • Financial Fundamentals with Joe Bevan – Senior Consultant, Humanity Financial Management Inc.
  • Sessions on Self-Government with Valerie Cross – Tsawwassen First Nation; and Angela Wesley – BC Treaty Commission
  • Sessions on Communications with Beverly O’Neil – Principal, O’Neil Marketing and Consulting; and Davis McKenzie – Principal, Becoming Clear Communications
  • Records & Information Management (RIM) Fundamentals with Michelle Barroca – FY Information Management
  • Human Resources (HR) with Robin Henry and Cathy Murphy – HR Management Consultants, as well as an HR Q&A panel with Scott McCann – Partner, Harris & Co. LLP and representatives from ESDC and the Province of BC
  • Sessions with representatives from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) on topics such as Community Infrastructure programs, capital programs and assets management overview, and funding programs, agreements, and reporting
  • Informal Coaching Circles on a variety of topics with guest speakers such as Howard E. Grant – Executive Director, First Nations Summit; Zandra Ross – Primary, Zandra Ross Coaching & Consulting; Adrienne Morrison – Records Management Archivist, Tsleil-Waututh Nation; Robert Louie – LAB Chairman, Lands Advisory Board (LAB); Gwen Phillips – Ktunaxa Nation; and more.

A full summary report will be shared widely with participants and those who contributed to the course development and delivery.

We would like to raise our hands to all the participants, advisory committee members, individual speakers, First Nations support organizations for lending their expertise and the participants’ First Nations Leadership for supporting their time commitment and learning throughout the entire course. FNPSS greatly enjoyed connecting with you all, and we look forward to future training, networking, and connection with First Nations across the province.

If you are interested in participating in the next iteration of the Foundations of First Nations Administration or would like to know more about any of FNPSS’ offerings, please contact us at info@fnps.ca.

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Application reminder for the 2024 First Nations Well Being Fund!

Deadline to apply: June 23rd, 2024, at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). Applications received before this date will be given priority. FNPSS will continue to accept and review applications beyond June 23, 2024, if funding is available.

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by FNPSS in order to support First Nations in their efforts to promote well-being, increase quality of life for all community members and reduce poverty at the community and Nation level.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Wellness Planning Projects.
Stream 1 - A maximum of $250,000 will be available.
Stream 2 – A maximum of $50,000 will be available.

First Nations who received project funding in a previous round of the First Nations Well Being Fund should contact FNPSS to discuss eligibility under the current funding opportunity.

For additional details on each funding stream and eligibility, and to apply, visit our website: ow.ly/TJuh50RRPMQ
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Application reminder for the 2024 First Nations Well Being Fund!

Deadline to apply:  June 23rd, 2024, at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). Applications received before this date will be given priority.  FNPSS will continue to accept and review applications beyond June 23, 2024, if funding is available.

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by FNPSS in order to support First Nations in their efforts to promote well-being, increase quality of life for all community members and reduce poverty at the community and Nation level.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Wellness Planning Projects.
Stream 1 - A maximum of $250,000 will be available.
Stream 2 – A maximum of $50,000 will be available.

First Nations who received project funding in a previous round of the First Nations Well Being Fund should contact FNPSS to discuss eligibility under the current funding opportunity.

For additional details on each funding stream and eligibility, and to apply, visit our website: https://ow.ly/TJuh50RRPMQ

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Accounting Technician to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

The Accounting Technician is crucial to our operations and assists with full-cycle accounting needs. The Accounting Technician ensures FNPSS has financial information that is timely, accurate, and can be fully relied upon to support the needs of operational management and strategic planning of the organization. The Accounting Technician works directly with FNPSS executive, staff, BC First Nations and other levels of government.

The position will require an individual who shows strong judgement, integrity and discretion. We are looking for someone with a strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills; and strong organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple competing priorities.

To learn more and apply: ow.ly/q6JF50SituV
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FNPSS is hiring one full-time Accounting Technician to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

The Accounting Technician is crucial to our operations and assists with full-cycle accounting needs. The Accounting Technician ensures FNPSS has financial information that is timely, accurate, and can be fully relied upon to support the needs of operational management and strategic planning of the organization. The Accounting Technician works directly with FNPSS executive, staff, BC First Nations and other levels of government.

The position will require an individual who shows strong judgement, integrity and discretion. We are looking for someone with a strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills; and strong organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple competing priorities.

To learn more and apply: https://ow.ly/q6JF50SituV

Scholarship applications are open until October 4, 2024!

The scholarship is valid for up to two years in the amount of up to $1,500.

The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government or First Nation organization that supports governance and/or professional capacity development which contributes to the improved programming, services, or governance of a First Nation community, excluding applicants working in for-profit organizations.

Credit or non-credit programs delivered by an accredited post-secondary institution are eligible.

Any application for this scholarship must be submitted by completing the online form by no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 4, 2024, with notification to the successful candidate being given by the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia by December 13, 2024, at the latest.

For any inquiry, please contact office@lgma.ca

For more information, and to apply, visit ow.ly/cCpN50Sc5Mp
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Scholarship applications are open until October 4, 2024! 

The scholarship is valid for up to two years in the amount of up to $1,500.

The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government or First Nation organization that supports governance and/or professional capacity development which contributes to the improved programming, services, or governance of a First Nation community, excluding applicants working in for-profit organizations.

Credit or non-credit programs delivered by an accredited post-secondary institution are eligible.

Any application for this scholarship must be submitted by completing the online form by no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 4, 2024, with notification to the successful candidate being given by the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia by December 13, 2024, at the latest.

For any inquiry, please contact office@lgma.ca

For more information, and to apply, visit https://ow.ly/cCpN50Sc5Mp

Applications are now open for the 2024 First Nations Well Being Fund!

Deadline to apply: June 23rd, 2024, at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). Applications received before this date will be given priority. FNPSS will continue to accept and review applications beyond June 23, 2024, if funding is available.

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by FNPSS in order to support First Nations in their efforts to promote well-being, increase quality of life for all community members and reduce poverty at the community and Nation level.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Wellness Planning Projects.
Stream 1 - A maximum of $250,000 will be available.
Stream 2 – A maximum of $50,000 will be available.

First Nations who received project funding in a previous round of the First Nations Well Being Fund should contact FNPSS to discuss eligibility under the current funding opportunity.

For additional details on each funding stream and eligibility, and to apply, visit our website: ow.ly/TJuh50RRPMQ
... See MoreSee Less

Applications are now open for the 2024 First Nations Well Being Fund!

Deadline to apply:  June 23rd, 2024, at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). Applications received before this date will be given priority.  FNPSS will continue to accept and review applications beyond June 23, 2024, if funding is available.

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by FNPSS in order to support First Nations in their efforts to promote well-being, increase quality of life for all community members and reduce poverty at the community and Nation level.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Wellness Planning Projects.
Stream 1 - A maximum of $250,000 will be available.
Stream 2 – A maximum of $50,000 will be available.

First Nations who received project funding in a previous round of the First Nations Well Being Fund should contact FNPSS to discuss eligibility under the current funding opportunity.

For additional details on each funding stream and eligibility, and to apply, visit our website: https://ow.ly/TJuh50RRPMQ

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Do you have your be a First Nation in BC to apply. It doesn’t really iterate that in the eligibility section

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Shayla Ruth Jacobs Wilson Williams would this be something for our community ?

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Sunday, May 5 is National MMIWG2S Awareness Day, also known as Red Dress Day. We encourage you to recognize the day by taking time to participate in an honouring activity or event happening in your community or area, wearing or displaying red, or by spending time increasing your awareness of this ongoing national tragedy.

For support:
Kuu-Us Crisis Line Society provides crisis services for Indigenous people across BC. Adults/Elders line 250-723-4050; youth line 250-723-2040. Or call toll free 1-800-588-8717.

For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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Sunday, May 5 is National MMIWG2S Awareness Day, also known as Red Dress Day. We encourage you to recognize the day by taking time to participate in an honouring activity or event happening in your community or area, wearing or displaying red, or by spending time increasing your awareness of this ongoing national tragedy.

For support:
Kuu-Us Crisis Line Society provides crisis services for Indigenous people across BC. Adults/Elders line 250-723-4050; youth line 250-723-2040. Or call toll free 1-800-588-8717.

For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

#RedDressDay #MMIWG2S #NoMoreStolenSisters
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