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The Mentorship Network

The mentorship network encourages First Nation to First Nation learning through one-on-one, experience-based support for administrators, elected leaders, youth, and First Nations working for their communities. Being part of the Mentorship Network means playing a key role in strengthening relationships between First Nations communities and supporting the development and vitality of administrations.

FNPSS recognizes the need to re-evaluate the structure of the network in to ensure that it best serves and supports the mentors and mentees. While we develop a new framework for the Mentorship Network, all mentorship activities and events will be temporarily paused.

We are planning to re-introduce the Mentorship Network with an in-person event at our upcoming conference, which will be held from November 21st - 23rd, 2023, in Vancouver, BC.

Please contact mentorship@fnps.ca for all questions and inquiries. More information will be available on our website shortly and shared via our newsletter.

One-on-One Mentorship

Administrators Network

Working as a band administrator (band manager, chief executive officer) in a First Nation is one of the most challenging roles imaginable. 

FNPSS provides learning, training and networking opportunities, as well as one-on-one mentorship support by First Nation mentors and hosting regular coaching Fireside Chats and Sharing Circles to connect as a group. 

The First Nations Administrators Network Facebook Group is an online group of people working in and/or supporting administration in BC First Nations. It is a great place to post questions and resources and learn about upcoming opportunities of interest.

Comprehensive Community Planning Coordinators Network

Comprehensive community planning (CCP) is a form of holistic, community-driven planning that covers all aspects of community and lays out a vision and goals for the long term. This inclusive, long-term planning process involves research and analysis, as well as meaningful community engagement.

FNPSS recognizes the importance of supporting those working as CCP coordinators in their communities by providing learning, training and networking opportunities, as well as one-on-one mentorship support and regular opportunities to connect as a group.

Elected Leaders Network

Elected leaders (Chief, Councillor) in a First Nation have the challenging role of providing direction and vision for their community, all while navigating the challenges of the administration and of membership. 

FNPSS provides learning, training and networking opportunities, as well as one-on-one mentorship support by First Nation mentors and hosting regular coaching Fireside Chats and Sharing Circles to connect as a group.

FNPSS also recognizes that a positive working relationship between leadership and administration is key to successful governance.

Webinars

FNPSS regularly hosts Fireside Chats with featured mentors and Webinar Wednesday sessions on topics of current interest and relevance to BC First Nations administrators and leaders. These online sessions are based on First Nation to First Nation learning and are a key element of the FNPSS Mentorship Network.

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Sharing Circles

Sharing Circles provide small ground opportunities to gather virtually to learn and share in an informal group setting. With a mentor leading the discussion, these free drop-in sessions are a great place to pose questions and discuss progress, challenges, and ideas.

To join a future Sharing Circle for administrators, elected leaders and/or community planners, please contact mentorship@fnps.ca. For Coaching Circles, (similar to Sharing Circles, but larger groups with specific topics), related to Human Resource (HR) Management, Records and Information Management (RIM), or Policy Development, visit our MTA Coaching circles page and sign up to receive our newsletter to receive notifications of upcoming Circles.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, would like to propose a topic or speaker for a webinar or training, or would like additional information on the Mentorship Network, please contact mentorship@fnps.ca.

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Foundations for Professional Communications, an offering from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, got off to a great start with our in-person week of learning in January. Pictured here is the incredible cohort of First Nations communicators, and our amazing instructor, Davis McKenzie of Toxw oxw (Becoming Clear) Communications.

The students were able to hone their skills in key areas of communications, and at the end of the week were joined by Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, and Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, who were in attendance as they presented their very own communications plans. All their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm made this week a huge success, and we are so excited for them as they complete this course and continue their journeys in communications!

Foundations for Professional Communications is a fully accredited course, free of charge for First Nations communicators. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next offering, please email: ksposato@fnps.ca.
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Foundations for Professional Communications, an offering from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, got off to a great start with our in-person week of learning in January. Pictured here is the incredible cohort of First Nations communicators, and our amazing instructor, Davis McKenzie of Toxw oxw (Becoming Clear) Communications.

The students were able to hone their skills in key areas of communications, and at the end of the week were joined by Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, and Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, who were in attendance as they presented their very own communications plans. All their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm made this week a huge success, and we are so excited for them as they complete this course and continue their journeys in communications!

Foundations for Professional Communications is a fully accredited course, free of charge for First Nations communicators. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next offering, please email: ksposato@fnps.ca.

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In case you missed it!

We are pleased to share some of the plenary sessions from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat Conference 2023: Taking Root. Recordings are now available online. Check out the opening keynote from First Nations leadership, an inspiring panel from First Nations youth and crucial discussion around data governance and more.

Catch up now: ow.ly/6qU350QABv1
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In case you missed it! 

We are pleased to share some of the plenary sessions from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat Conference 2023: Taking Root. Recordings are now available online. Check out the opening keynote from First Nations leadership, an inspiring panel from First Nations youth and crucial discussion around data governance and more.

Catch up now: https://ow.ly/6qU350QABv1

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 12!

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

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 12!

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

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu

LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

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

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

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

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu

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

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
... See MoreSee Less

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

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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