BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship
The FNPSS and the LGMA have a long-standing partnership to collaborate on training and professional development to strengthen and enhance the professional capacity of our respective members so that they may better serve their communities.
The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants who are working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government and are enrolled in an accredited post-secondary course or program.
Consider donating to the endowment fund. Your donation will help to ensure that Indigenous government professionals have access to the training and professional development they need to make a difference in their communities.
Stacie Coutlee and Saul ‘Hazil’hba Brown
Stacie is from the Upper Nicola Band, a community located within the Nicola Valley. She recently completed her EMBA in Indigenous Business Leadership with Simon Fraser University. This program is the only accredited MBA program in North America addressing Indigenous business, economic development, and entrepreneurship.
Prior to the EMBA, she did not have an undergrad; however, was accepted into the program due to 25+ years of experience with an Aboriginal Financial Institution such as All Nations Trust Company and Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nation. As a single mom, she is continually grateful to former employers and mentors who provided her the opportunity to grow. In sharing their knowledge and experience, it allowed Stacie to grasp her mission for knowledge. This method allowed her to work her way up the corporate ladder. Her education will further increase her growth by enhancing relationships with stakeholders, British Columbia, and Canadian governments.
Her current role within CFDC of CIFN, allows her to assist the organization in the administration of an Investment Readiness Program. The objectives include preparedness for a loan portfolio growth and a diversification of lending into new areas such as innovation projects, improve investment readiness to participate in Indigenous Growth Fund.
Saul is from both the Nuu-chah-nulth and Heiltsuk Nations. He is a student of Heiltsuk Gvi’ilas (laws) and governance. As food sovereigntist, he sees the intrinsic value and necessity of giving effect to Heiltsuk laws out on the water and land. He has worked with elders, knowledge keepers, government officials, and community members from different Nations on numerous initiatives with the intent of breathing life into Indigenous law in the contemporary. Saul has a degree in Political Science and is the former negotiator for the Heiltsuk reconciliation process and has worked as governance advisor for First Nations across the province. He is currently a governance advisor to both the Heiltsuk Nation and Tla-o-qui-aht Nation and a second year law student at the University of Victoria.