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.

Webinars

FNPSS webinars feature speakers on topics of current interest 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: ISC BC Region Update

The ISC BC Region Update is published by Indigenous Services Canada on a bi-monthly basis. It is intended to provide First Nation leadership and administrations with timely information that focuses on funding announcements, program and service changes, as well as relevant initiatives from other federal departments, the provincial government and community partners.

The following information is shared by FNPSS on behalf of ISC BC Region.

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 2021 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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FNPSS is hiring one full-time Accounting Technician to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

The Accounting Technician is crucial to our operations and assists with full-cycle accounting needs. The Accounting Technician ensures FNPSS has financial information that is timely, accurate, and can be fully relied upon to support the needs of operational management and strategic planning of the organization. The Accounting Technician works directly with FNPSS executive, staff, BC First Nations and other levels of government.

The position will require an individual who shows strong judgement, integrity and discretion. We are looking for someone with a strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills; and strong organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple competing priorities.

To learn more and apply: ow.ly/q6JF50SituV
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FNPSS is hiring one full-time Accounting Technician to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

The Accounting Technician is crucial to our operations and assists with full-cycle accounting needs. The Accounting Technician ensures FNPSS has financial information that is timely, accurate, and can be fully relied upon to support the needs of operational management and strategic planning of the organization. The Accounting Technician works directly with FNPSS executive, staff, BC First Nations and other levels of government.

The position will require an individual who shows strong judgement, integrity and discretion. We are looking for someone with a strong attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills; and strong organizational skills with the ability to balance multiple competing priorities.

To learn more and apply: https://ow.ly/q6JF50SituV

Scholarship applications are open until October 4, 2024!

The scholarship is valid for up to two years in the amount of up to $1,500.

The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government or First Nation organization that supports governance and/or professional capacity development which contributes to the improved programming, services, or governance of a First Nation community, excluding applicants working in for-profit organizations.

Credit or non-credit programs delivered by an accredited post-secondary institution are eligible.

Any application for this scholarship must be submitted by completing the online form by no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 4, 2024, with notification to the successful candidate being given by the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia by December 13, 2024, at the latest.

For any inquiry, please contact office@lgma.ca

For more information, and to apply, visit ow.ly/cCpN50Sc5Mp
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Scholarship applications are open until October 4, 2024! 

The scholarship is valid for up to two years in the amount of up to $1,500.

The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government or First Nation organization that supports governance and/or professional capacity development which contributes to the improved programming, services, or governance of a First Nation community, excluding applicants working in for-profit organizations.

Credit or non-credit programs delivered by an accredited post-secondary institution are eligible.

Any application for this scholarship must be submitted by completing the online form by no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 4, 2024, with notification to the successful candidate being given by the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia by December 13, 2024, at the latest.

For any inquiry, please contact office@lgma.ca

For more information, and to apply, visit https://ow.ly/cCpN50Sc5Mp

Applications are now open for the 2024 First Nations Well Being Fund!

Deadline to apply: June 23rd, 2024, at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). Applications received before this date will be given priority. FNPSS will continue to accept and review applications beyond June 23, 2024, if funding is available.

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by FNPSS in order to support First Nations in their efforts to promote well-being, increase quality of life for all community members and reduce poverty at the community and Nation level.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Wellness Planning Projects.
Stream 1 - A maximum of $250,000 will be available.
Stream 2 – A maximum of $50,000 will be available.

First Nations who received project funding in a previous round of the First Nations Well Being Fund should contact FNPSS to discuss eligibility under the current funding opportunity.

For additional details on each funding stream and eligibility, and to apply, visit our website: ow.ly/TJuh50RRPMQ
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Applications are now open for the 2024 First Nations Well Being Fund!

Deadline to apply:  June 23rd, 2024, at 11:59pm (Pacific Standard Time). Applications received before this date will be given priority.  FNPSS will continue to accept and review applications beyond June 23, 2024, if funding is available.

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by FNPSS in order to support First Nations in their efforts to promote well-being, increase quality of life for all community members and reduce poverty at the community and Nation level.

There are two streams of project funding available: Stream 1: Community Projects and Stream 2: Wellness Planning Projects.
Stream 1 - A maximum of $250,000 will be available.
Stream 2 – A maximum of $50,000 will be available.

First Nations who received project funding in a previous round of the First Nations Well Being Fund should contact FNPSS to discuss eligibility under the current funding opportunity.

For additional details on each funding stream and eligibility, and to apply, visit our website: https://ow.ly/TJuh50RRPMQ

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Do you have your be a First Nation in BC to apply. It doesn’t really iterate that in the eligibility section

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Shayla Ruth Jacobs Wilson Williams would this be something for our community ?

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Sunday, May 5 is National MMIWG2S Awareness Day, also known as Red Dress Day. We encourage you to recognize the day by taking time to participate in an honouring activity or event happening in your community or area, wearing or displaying red, or by spending time increasing your awareness of this ongoing national tragedy.

For support:
Kuu-Us Crisis Line Society provides crisis services for Indigenous people across BC. Adults/Elders line 250-723-4050; youth line 250-723-2040. Or call toll free 1-800-588-8717.

For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

#reddressday #MMIWG2S #NoMoreStolenSisters
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Sunday, May 5 is National MMIWG2S Awareness Day, also known as Red Dress Day. We encourage you to recognize the day by taking time to participate in an honouring activity or event happening in your community or area, wearing or displaying red, or by spending time increasing your awareness of this ongoing national tragedy.

For support:
Kuu-Us Crisis Line Society provides crisis services for Indigenous people across BC. Adults/Elders line 250-723-4050; youth line 250-723-2040. Or call toll free 1-800-588-8717.

For immediate emotional assistance, call 1-844-413-6649. This is a national, toll-free 24/7 crisis call line providing support for anyone who requires emotional assistance related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

#RedDressDay #MMIWG2S #NoMoreStolenSisters

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Join us for another Webinar Wednesday!

In this webinar, Scott McCann, Joshua Sutherland, and Abigail Owen will discuss various important employee issues that arise at the end of the fiscal year, including the non-renewal of funding, the expiry of funding agreements, the impact on employment agreements, and related layoffs. Recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code will also be discussed to help you prepare for the new year, including the recent amendments to reasonable notice requirements, employment statements, employment expenses, and more. Finally, health and safety obligations and end of year reporting requirements will be covered to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, various legal obligations.

Register now: ow.ly/teWf50QHKzu
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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Join us for another Webinar Wednesday!

In this webinar, Scott McCann, Joshua Sutherland, and Abigail Owen will discuss various important employee issues that arise at the end of the fiscal year, including the non-renewal of funding, the expiry of funding agreements, the impact on employment agreements, and related layoffs. Recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code will also be discussed to help you prepare for the new year, including the recent amendments to reasonable notice requirements, employment statements, employment expenses, and more. Finally, health and safety obligations and end of year reporting requirements will be covered to ensure understanding of, and compliance with, various legal obligations.

Register now: https://ow.ly/teWf50QHKzu
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