Welcome to Our Gathering, 2021

Our Gathering kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip is an annual event co-hosted by the First Nations Leadership Council, Indigenous Services Canada, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada which provides a space for meaningful discussions between First Nations leaders, community members, and the Government of Canada. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s sessions will be hosted virtually in March, June, and the fall of 2021. 

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) team is proud to support the Our Gathering, 2021 event by providing the virtual platform, logistics and planning, as well as technical support during sessions for all participants. If you have any questions about Our Gathering, 2021, feel free to contact the FNPSS team at og2021@fnps.ca.

Our Gathering 2021

This is the hub for all of the information you will need for this virtual event. Scroll down for information about the recent March sessions and future sessions in June and fall.

Save the Date: June 23rd and 24th

The next Our Gathering, 2021 virtual sessions will happen on June 23 and 24. Stay tuned to this page, and to FNPSS’ social media, for announcements about session topics, guest speakers and panellists, and how to register for these dates. We look forward to coming together once again.

March 10-11 Session Snapshot

Our Gathering, 2021’s first virtual sessions are now complete. On March 10th and 11th, representatives from First Nations and other levels of government came together to share and discuss a variety of topics including responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Specific Claims, and Bill C-15 Canada’s proposed legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Co-hosts Indigenous Services Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, and the First Nations Leadership Council, as well as our Moderators Jessie Hemphill and Harold Tarbell, would like to thank all of you who attended this virtual event.

Day 1, March 10th: Session Topics

  • Communication “Best Practices” - Breakout Session
  • Emergency Management “Responding to a Global Pandemic” - Breakout Session
  • Education “Supporting First Nations Learners Through COVID-19” - Breakout Session
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women - Plenary
  • Emergency Management “Community to Community Sharing” - Breakout Session
  • Economic Development “Indigenous Economic Recovery Initiatives” - Breakout Session

Day 2, March 11th: Session Topics

  • Leadership Armchair Discussion - Plenary
  • Specific Claims Update - Plenary
  • UNDRIP Bill C-14 Update - Plenary

The following organizations act as co-hosts for Our Gathering:

Quick Statistics about the March 10th and 11th Sessions

-631 individuals registered for the event

-347 registrants attended Day 1, and 323 attended Day 2

-Over 135 different BC First Nations communities were represented, with 172 Chief or Council members and 185 First Nations administration staff registered

-16 First Nations Elders participated

-30 Speakers attended, representing a variety of First Nations communities, organizations, and the Government of Canada

-5 First Nations youth registered

-3 organizations provided traditional cultural supports, with 10 counsellors available during the entirety of each day for private support

-24 volunteers supported the event

March Session Resources

Traditional cultural Supports

Throughout Our Gathering, 2021, we have had conversations about a variety of topics that may weigh heavy on the minds and hearts of those in attendance, particularly during this extremely difficult year. With that in mind, we would like to thank the organizations Tsow Tun Le Lum and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS), for providing the March 10th and 11th sessions with virtual spaces for one-on-one traditional cultural support sessions with trained counsellors.

Health and Cultural Support Organizations

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Here are the three most frequently asked questions about the fund, and their answers, to help make your application process that much easier. 

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Join Byron Flekke (St'at'imc) from Statistics Canada as he shares stories on the power of data and how it can be accessed by all First Nations across Canada, Len Garis (National Indigenous Fire Safety Council), and Robert Harding (University of the Fraser Valley) as they share their experiences with accessing data to tell stories in their own workplaces.

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#zoomRegister now for our upcoming webinar: The Power of our Data
Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
Cost: Free

Description:
Numbers and statistics are used all the time to tell us things about our communities and how we compare. How can we take charge of all of this information to tell the stories we want to tell about our people? Join us for a webinar on the power of data and the ways in which the stories we tell can open doors to new ways of seeing.

Join Byron Flekke (St'at'imc) from Statistics Canada as he shares stories on the power of data and how it can be accessed by all First Nations across Canada, Len Garis (National Indigenous Fire Safety Council), and Robert Harding (University of the Fraser Valley) as they share their experiences with accessing data to tell stories in their own workplaces.

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Reminder: dont miss out on our upcoming Webinar Wednesday event: The Power of Our Data

Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
Cost: Free

Description:
Numbers and statistics are used all the time to tell us things about our communities and how we compare. How can we take charge of all of this information to tell the stories we want to tell about our people? Join us for a webinar on the power of data and the ways in which the stories we tell can open doors to new ways of seeing.

Join Byron Flekke (Statimc) from Statistics Canada as he shares stories on the power of data and how it can be accessed by all First Nations across Canada, Len Garis (National Indigenous Fire Safety Council), and Robert Harding (University of the Fraser Valley) as they share their experiences with accessing data to tell stories in their own workplaces.

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It’s your weekly reminder- don’t miss out on applying for the 2021 First Nations Well Being Fund! Deadline to apply is May 30, 2021 at 11:00pm.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Planning Projects.

Have questions? Visit our website fnps.ca/community-projects/wellbeingfund for Q&A’s, or DM us.

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It’s your weekly reminder- don’t miss out on applying for the 2021 First Nations Well Being Fund! Deadline to apply is May 30, 2021 at 11:00pm. 

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Planning Projects. 

Have questions? Visit our website https://fnps.ca/community-projects/wellbeingfund for Q&A’s, or DM us. 

#BCFirstNations
#FNPSS 
#Funding 
#FirstNations 
#ApplyNow 
#ReachOut

Register now for our upcoming webinar: The Power of our Data
Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
Cost: Free

Description:
Numbers and statistics are used all the time to tell us things about our communities and how we compare. How can we take charge of all of this information to tell the stories we want to tell about our people? Join us for a webinar on the power of data and the ways in which the stories we tell can open doors to new ways of seeing.

Join Byron Flekke (St'at'imc) from Statistics Canada as he shares stories on the power of data and how it can be accessed by all First Nations across Canada, Len Garis (National Indigenous Fire Safety Council), and Robert Harding (University of the Fraser Valley) as they share their experiences with accessing data to tell stories in their own workplaces.

Register now by clicking this link: bit.ly/39P2PPl

#WebinarWednesdays
#fnpss
#bcfirstnations
#joinus
#virtualevent
#zoom
... See MoreSee Less

Register now for our upcoming webinar: The Power of our Data
Date: Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm PST
Cost: Free

Description:
Numbers and statistics are used all the time to tell us things about our communities and how we compare. How can we take charge of all of this information to tell the stories we want to tell about our people? Join us for a webinar on the power of data and the ways in which the stories we tell can open doors to new ways of seeing.

Join Byron Flekke (Statimc) from Statistics Canada as he shares stories on the power of data and how it can be accessed by all First Nations across Canada, Len Garis (National Indigenous Fire Safety Council), and Robert Harding (University of the Fraser Valley) as they share their experiences with accessing data to tell stories in their own workplaces.

Register now by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/39P2PPl

#WebinarWednesdays
#FNPSS
#BCFirstNations
#JoinUs
#VirtualEvent
#Zoom

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