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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high-quality services for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Their vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.
- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) continues to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis; modernize Government of Canada structures to enable Indigenous peoples to build capacity and support their vision of self-determination; and lead the Government of Canada’s work in the North.
- The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), First Nations Summit (FNS), and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). This group works together to develop coordinated approaches to issues relevant to First Nations communities throughout the province.
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
- Tsow Tun Le Lum (Helping House). For more information on Tsow Tun Le Lum, please click here to visit their website.
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) For more information about IRSSS, please click here to visit their website.
- The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Click here to learn more about the FNHA.