FNPSS Resources

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.

Looking for resources on creating a ‘Return to work’ planning strategy? Check out the Collaborative Learning Day 2021 resources on the Webinar page for access to a series of Return to Work resources.

Webinars

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.

Policy Guide

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.

Rim assessment toolkit

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.

Information Management Toolkit

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.

Newsletters

We encourage you view a few examples of past newsletters and then subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed of FNPSS activities and offerings, as well as those of our partners:

COVID-19 Archive

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.

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ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS!

For more information and details on how to apply: ow.ly/VOvI50KQTvt
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ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS! 

For more information and details on how to apply:  http://ow.ly/VOvI50KQTvt

Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now!

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.

Did you miss our Succession Planning Webinar with HR expert Robin Henry?

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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now!

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Please join the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) for a Succession Planning Webinar hosted by First Nations HR expert Robin Henry.
This brief presentation on succession planning for your Nation/Organization will be followed by a group Q&A discussion with First Nations leaders, administrators, and HR professionals to share experiences on succession plan development and implementation and other examples of HR best practices. FNPSS sharing webinars are informal conversations aimed to provide a space for First Nations to discuss progress, challenges, and ideas with those working in similar roles. The webinar will be 60-minutes in duration, with time reserved for a Q&A period.

Register here: ow.ly/7xv050Ksz5S
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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Please join the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) for a Succession Planning Webinar hosted by First Nations HR expert Robin Henry. 
This brief presentation on succession planning for your Nation/Organization will be followed by a group Q&A discussion with First Nations leaders, administrators, and HR professionals to share experiences on succession plan development and implementation and other examples of HR best practices. FNPSS sharing webinars are informal conversations aimed to provide a space for First Nations to discuss progress, challenges, and ideas with those working in similar roles. The webinar will be 60-minutes in duration, with time reserved for a Q&A period.

Register here: http://ow.ly/7xv050Ksz5S
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