Training

Pursuing Excellence in Governance and Administration

FNPSS provides training and other opportunities that support capacity building in BC First Nation communities and organizations as they pursue excellence in their own governments and administrations.

Be sure to visit our Events Calendar regularly, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Linkedin) to stay informed about upcoming training opportunities.

Core Administration Skills

Management Training Academies

Our Management Training Academies (MTAs) aim to help participants return to their organizations with capacity enhancing strategies they can implement immediately. MTAs provide tools and training specifically tailored to BC First Nations needs from experts in the core competencies: Records and Information Management (RIM), Policy Development, Human Resource Management (HR), and Financial Management.

Intensive RIM Assessment Workshop

The Intensive RIM Assessment Workshop is designed to help First Nations to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their own records and information management program. The Workshop is delivered to smaller cohorts over a one-to-two-month period and includes attending intensive workshops, conducting interviews within your own organization, and analyzing results with the support of expert RIM coaches.

Communications & Engagement Capacity Building

Foundations in Communications

In partnership with Davis McKenzie (Tla’amin Nation), Principle of Toχʷoχʷ (Becoming Clear) Communications, FNPSS is developing a 15-week Foundations in Communication course aimed at giving First Nation communities the skills and confidence to execute a communications plan. Finance, human resources and information management have long been recognized as essential corporate services to a functional and healthy First Nations government. What is often missing is the multiplier effect that strong communications bring to any organization. This accredited survey course will teach a wide array of fundamental communications skills for internal communications, media relations, community engagement, branding and communications planning from an Indigenous perspective.

Communications Technology Webinars

First Nations Technology Council

FNPSS has partnered with the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) to co-develop and deliver webinars related to technology skills and how to use technology effectively for successful communications. (1) Make Room for Zoom: Best Practices using Virtual Collaboration Tools; (2) Website Best Practices for Effective Communications & (3) Community Engagement: Best Practices in a COVID-19 World. If you missed these webinars, they are all available on the FNTC Stream-In website.

Zoom Training

As part of our Virtual Hosting Services, FNPSS is pleased to offer virtual meeting training for First Nations to move towards facilitating their own virtual meetings. Zoom is the most widely used video conferencing tool around the world and FNPSS is committed to sharing all the essentials needed to enable First Nations to feel confident in hosting a successful event.

Leadership and Governance Skills

Leadership Training Series

The Leadership Training Series has been developed in partnership with Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council and Carden Consulting for leaders in all roles, including senior administrators as well as elected and aspiring leaders, who wish to strengthen their skills and to effect positive change in their communities for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Leadership Training Series is made up of three parts – Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading Nation Rebuilding.

Part 1: ‘Leading Self and Systems Thinking’: Exploring Leading Self, Team Development, Conflict Management, Systems Thinking, Organizational Development, Strategic Thinking

Part 2: ‘Leading Others’: Personal Learning, Community Engagement, Financial Management, Project Management, Organizational Development, Governance

Part 3: 'Leading Nation Rebuilding - Nation Rebuilding, Decision Making, Responsibilities & Jurisdiction, Development Corporations, Indigenous Institutions, Indigenous Rights

Elected Leadership Training (Pre- and Post-Election)

FNPSS has heard repeatedly from BC First Nations that there is significant need for pre-nomination and post-election training for aspiring and recently elected leaders.

Contact FNPSS for more information about this new training.

Customized Training

Upon request, FNPSS can deliver – and tailor – any of its developed training for one or a group of communities. These are offered on a cost-recovery basis.

Training with Federal Government Public Servants

Reverse Town Halls

The federal government regularly hosts ‘Town halls’, where government public servants share new program and funding information with First Nations. A ‘Reverse Town Hall’ flips the event around, where First Nations share invaluable insights, perspectives and stories with government public servants. The series of Reverse Town Halls are jointly produced by the BC Federal Council Secretariat and the FNPSS under the MOU Strengthening Public Service Institutions Initiative.

Collaborative Learning Day

The first Collaborative Learning Day for both federal and First Nations’ public servants was held on June 29 and 30, 2021. Modelled on the successful HR Learning Day in 2018, federal and First Nations specialists hosted discussions and shared tips, tools and resources on several relevant and important topics for a successful and strong public service. The Collaborative Learning Day was jointly organized by the BC Federal Council Secretariat and FNPSS under the MOU Strengthening Public Service Institutions Initiative.

Canada School of Public Service Library

The Canada School of Public Service offers federal public servants courses on a variety of topics ranging from leadership and risk management to HR and communications. Many of these resources are online, interactive and self-paced, allowing for learning when it is most convenient. For access and to participate in a small study, please contact the BC Federal Council for more information.

Social Feeds

Are you a First Nations Youth aged 18-29 living in #BC who is interested in education/ a career in public administration & governance? #FNPSS wants you for our new #YouthNetwork!

For more info, click the image below or visit https://t.co/LW1US3r3YJ.

#BCFirstNations #Youth

The @fnpublicservice is hosting a First Nations Data Governance Strategy Summer Knowledge-Sharing Series. The first of three sessions is happening on August 4th from 10:30-12:00pm PDT! Check out the link for more information & to register https://t.co/D41qOojPGS

#RegisterNow for the first of 3 summer First Nations Data Governance Strategy Knowledge-Sharing Sessions: “Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership”
Date: Aug 4, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT
More info: https://t.co/dJfADulE9o

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Are you a First Nations youth aged 18-29 living in #BC who is interested in education and/or a career in public administration and governance? #FNPSS wants you!

We are currently seeking First Nations youth to be a part of the new FNPSS #YouthNetwork. As a part of this Network, members will meet virtually to learn about FNPSS’ offerings and provide feedback, brainstorm new ideas, exchange best practices, share tools and resources, and connect with other similar First Nations youth from across BC who are working in / are interested in working in public administration. Ultimately, as this group will be organized through a ‘by youth- for youth’ model, the Youth Network’s framework, organization, and activities will be determined by its members.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the FNPSS Youth Network, please contact us at info@fnps.ca. No experience working in public administration is required.

For more information about the Youth Network, and FNPSS’ other current youth engagement projects and internship opportunities, please visit our website at www.fnps.ca/youth.

#BCFirstNations #FirstNationsYouth #Engagement
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Are you a First Nations youth aged 18-29 living in #BC who is interested in education and/or a career in public administration and governance? #FNPSS wants you!
 
We are currently seeking First Nations youth to be a part of the new FNPSS #YouthNetwork. As a part of this Network, members will meet virtually to learn about FNPSS’ offerings and provide feedback, brainstorm new ideas, exchange best practices, share tools and resources, and connect with other similar First Nations youth from across BC who are working in / are interested in working in public administration. Ultimately, as this group will be organized through a ‘by youth- for youth’ model, the Youth Network’s framework, organization, and activities will be determined by its members.
 
If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of the FNPSS Youth Network, please contact us at info@fnps.ca. No experience working in public administration is required. 

For more information about the Youth Network, and FNPSS’ other current youth engagement projects and internship opportunities, please visit our website at www.fnps.ca/youth.
 
#BCFirstNations #FirstNationsYouth #Engagement

This is a reminder to register now for the first of three summer First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Knowledge-Sharing Sessions hosted by #FNPSS!

This series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), is being held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management.

Session 1 – Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership
Date: August 4, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT

Description: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments can assert ownership over their Nation’s intellectual property (ie. language, stories, songs, practices) and identity.

For more information on all three summer knowledge-sharing sessions, and to register, please visit our website: fnps.ca/bcfndgs-engagement-sessions/
#RegisterNow #BCFirstNations #KnowledgeSharingRegister now for the first of three summer First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Knowledge-Sharing Sessions hosted by #FNPSS. This series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), is being held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management.

Session 1 – Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership
Date: August 4, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT

Description: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments can assert ownership over their Nation’s intellectual property (ie. language, stories, songs, practices) and identity.

For more information on all three summer knowledge-sharing sessions, and to register, please visit our website: fnps.ca/bcfndgs-engagement-sessions/

#RegisterNow #BCFirstNations #KnowledgeSharing
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This is a reminder to register now for the first of three summer First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Knowledge-Sharing Sessions hosted by #FNPSS!

This series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), is being held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management.

Session 1 – Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership
Date: August 4, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT

Description: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments can assert ownership over their Nation’s intellectual property (ie. language, stories, songs, practices) and identity.

For more information on all three summer knowledge-sharing sessions, and to register, please visit our website: https://fnps.ca/bcfndgs-engagement-sessions/
#RegisterNow #BCFirstNations #KnowledgeSharing

Register now for the first of three summer First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Knowledge-Sharing Sessions hosted by #FNPSS. This series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), is being held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management.

Session 1 – Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership
Date: August 4, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT

Description: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments can assert ownership over their Nation’s intellectual property (ie. language, stories, songs, practices) and identity.

For more information on all three summer knowledge-sharing sessions, and to register, please visit our website: fnps.ca/bcfndgs-engagement-sessions/

#RegisterNow #BCFirstNations #KnowledgeSharing
... See MoreSee Less

Register now for the first of three summer First Nations Data Governance Strategy (FNDGS) Knowledge-Sharing Sessions hosted by #FNPSS. This series, organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative (BCFNDGI), is being held to begin assisting BC First Nations Governments in building capacity in data governance and information management.
 
Session 1 – Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership
Date: August 4, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT
 
Description: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples have rights related to intellectual property and identity. This session will provide participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments can assert ownership over their Nation’s intellectual property (ie. language, stories, songs, practices) and identity.
 
For more information on all three summer knowledge-sharing sessions, and to register, please visit our website: https://fnps.ca/bcfndgs-engagement-sessions/
 
#RegisterNow #BCFirstNations #KnowledgeSharing

***Extended Deadline: Wednesday, July 14th***

FNPSS invites you to submit your best photos of your community and territory for the chance to be featured in the FNPSS Accomplishment report. This has been an extraordinarily challenging year, and we want to recognize and celebrate in our report the strength and resilience of our people. We would be honoured if you could share some moments of joy and hope you’ve found in your own communities, territories, and homes.

The winning images will be rewarded with gift cards! The selected images will appear in the FNPSS report and will be widely distributed, they will also be highlighted on the FNPSS website and social media platforms.

The contest is open to everyone. You can submit up to five (5) entries.

You must own the rights to the image, and allow them to be used by FNPSS in our publications, both print and other media.
If the photos contain people, please ensure you have their permission to share. FNPSS may request written permission be submitted from all pictured individuals before awarding prizes.
Digital image files should be TIFFs, JPGs, or PNG.
Provide a caption for each image. For example: (Subject/ Location). Photo: (Full Name and Community)

Submit photo entries to hdesharnais@fnps.ca

Important Dates

Submission deadline: July 14th, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact hdesharnais@fnps.ca
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***Extended Deadline: Wednesday, July 14th***
 
FNPSS invites you to submit your best photos of your community and territory for the chance to be featured in the FNPSS Accomplishment report. This has been an extraordinarily challenging year, and we want to recognize and celebrate in our report the strength and resilience of our people. We would be honoured if you could share some moments of joy and hope you’ve found in your own communities, territories, and homes.
 
The winning images will be rewarded with gift cards! The selected images will appear in the FNPSS report and will be widely distributed, they will also be highlighted on the FNPSS website and social media platforms.
 
The contest is open to everyone. You can submit up to five (5) entries.
 
You must own the rights to the image, and allow them to be used by FNPSS in our publications, both print and other media.
If the photos contain people, please ensure you have their permission to share. FNPSS may request written permission be submitted from all pictured individuals before awarding prizes.
Digital image files should be TIFFs, JPGs, or PNG.
Provide a caption for each image. For example: (Subject/ Location). Photo: (Full Name and Community)
 
Submit photo entries to hdesharnais@fnps.ca
 
Important Dates
 
Submission deadline: July 14th, 2021
 
If you have any questions, please contact hdesharnais@fnps.ca
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