Public Administration Focus
First Nations in BC look to FNPSS as a key source of resources related to public administration in First Nations communities and organizations. Below are links to a curated library of resources unique to the FNPSS and to our partners.
FNPSS webinars feature speakers on topics of current interest, such as Returning to Work, and relevance to BC First Nations administrators and leaders. Past webinars are organized into FNPSS’s four core pillars of public service capacity plus special categories.
Research and Discussion Papers
The FNPSS Policy Development and Implementation Guide was developed to support anyone wanting to learn about policy or needing to develop policies within their First Nation.
The Guide is intended to provide a framework for those who are interested in learning about what policy is, how it is developed and implemented, and tools for measuring the success of policies. The Guide also provides tools to help individuals prepare for the development of a policy based on a series of questions and create a policy using a sample outline.
The Guide is available in an easy-to-follow web-based format, or can be downloaded as a PDF.
Knowing what information has been kept, where it is kept and how to access it, and how long it needs to be kept is often not that simple; most organizations struggle with maintaining a healthy RIM program (with policies, procedures, and guidelines) that meets organizational and legal requirements.
The RIM Assessment Toolkit is intended to be self-guided so that First Nations government and/or organization employees responsible for RIM can complete RIM assessments at their own pace with the ability to access additional resources and support as needed. It offers assistance on how to conduct a RIM Assessment to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of a government’s or an organization’s RIM program.
The Toolkit is available in an easy-to-follow web-based format, or can be downloaded as a PDF with online supporting tools.
To access the RIM Assessment Toolkit, we ask some preliminary questions that provide a baseline for your RIM Assessment, and then provide the link and password. When you have completed the Toolkit, we ask some post-Assessment questions and provide you with a Letter of Participation.
The Information Management Toolkit for First Nations Government in British Columbia is designed to provide general records and information guidance to staff in the various First Nations government organizations. The Toolkit provides basic principles and fundamental operating processes based on the industry standards and best practices. It also includes the basic records management instruments including a records classification and retention schedule, a model bylaw, as well as samples of forms and practical tips for all aspects of records management. In addition, the Toolkit includes Volume 2, with daily record keeping procedures and routines designed for the staff person who is designated to manage records.
It is important to note that this toolkit and its appendices are provided here for free use with the proviso that the contents as they appear are out of date (2010) and subject to revision. FNPSS is currently revising the Toolkit and Appendices for 2021/2022.
An archive of information related to health, financial supports, and emergency response resources gathered from various trusted First Nation and government organizations.
Partner Resource: BC First Nations Data Governance Strategy
BC First Nations Governments have called for and are now preparing for the implementation of a national First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS), which includes the formation of a Data Centre to serve BC First Nations Governments. FNPSS assisted the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI) in organizing a knowledge-sharing series in the summer of 2021 and a series of engagement sessions with BC Leadership to discuss the implementation of the First Nations Information Governance Centre in the spring of 2021.
Partner Resource: Our Gathering kexwkexwntsút chet, tə sq̓əq̓ip
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. FNPSS supported the two events by providing the virtual platform, logistics and planning, as well as technical support.