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 for professional Communications

In partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Davis McKenzie (Tla’amin Nation), Principle of Toχʷoχʷ (Becoming Clear) Communications, FNPSS is offering a 15-week Foundations for Professional Communication course aimed at giving First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations 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 or organization. What is often missing is the multiplier effect that strong communications bring to any organization. This accredited 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.

Spring 2022 Course offering: March 31 to July 7, 2022

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 3-part Leadership Training series was developed by FNPSS in partnership with Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council and Carden Consulting for leaders in all roles, including senior administrators, elected and aspiring leaders, and those wishing to strengthen their skills 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. Sessions recordings and materials from all three parts are available online for interested learners. Please email mentorship@fnps.ca for further information.

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. Working with an Advisory Group, FNPSS and Carden Consulting have developed pre-election training for those considering running for election and post-election training for newly-elected leaders. Training explores roles and responsibilities of elected leaders, leadership skill building, and governance training.

Both pre- and post-election training will be piloted in January and February 2022. Check FNPSS' Events Calendar for details.

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.

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Have you previously attended an #FNPSS Management Training Academy (MTA)? Register now for upcoming Coaching Circles in #Policy and #RIM. These free, informal sessions, which will be led by past MTA facilitators, will provide an opportunity for networking and discussion about common challenges, ideas, and program developments in the areas of RIM and Policy. Participants of all experience levels in Policy and RIM are welcome to attend.

Series details -
Policy Development: Wed, February 16, 11am - 12pm
Records & Information Management (RIM): Wed, March 16, 11am - 12pm

For more information, and to register for each individual session, visit our website: fnps.ca/training/mtas/#coachingcircles
#VirtualSession #BCFirstNations
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Have you previously attended an #FNPSS Management Training Academy (MTA)? Register now for upcoming Coaching Circles in #Policy and #RIM. These free, informal sessions, which will be led by past MTA facilitators, will provide an opportunity for networking and discussion about common challenges, ideas, and program developments in the areas of RIM and Policy. Participants of all experience levels in Policy and RIM are welcome to attend.

Series details - 
Policy Development: Wed, February 16, 11am - 12pm
Records & Information Management (RIM): Wed, March 16, 11am - 12pm

For more information, and to register for each individual session, visit our website: https://fnps.ca/training/mtas/#coachingcircles
#VirtualSession #BCFirstNations

Pre-Election Training starts tomorrow!
~for those interested in running for election in their community~

Two-part training: January 26 & 27, 5:00-8:00 PM

Are you considering running for a position of elected leadership in your community? If so, join FNPSS for this two-part series for those interested in becoming chief or councillor. This training will support you in:

1) Learning more about the roles and responsibilities of elected leaders
2) Developing a better understanding of your personal leadership approach.

The training is being offered at no cost to participants, in exchange for your feedback on the content and delivery. Please plan to join both sessions!
Register now at: fnps.ca/event/pre-and-post-election-training/
Questions? Contact #fnpss at mentorship@fnps.ca
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Pre-Election Training starts tomorrow!
~for those interested in running for election in their community~

Two-part training: January 26 & 27, 5:00-8:00 PM

Are you considering running for a position of elected leadership in your community? If so, join FNPSS for this two-part series for those interested in becoming chief or councillor. This training will support you in:

1) Learning more about the roles and responsibilities of elected leaders
2) Developing a better understanding of your personal leadership approach. 

The training is being offered at no cost to participants, in exchange for your feedback on the content and delivery. Please plan to join both sessions!
Register now at: https://fnps.ca/event/pre-and-post-election-training/
Questions? Contact #fnpss at mentorship@fnps.ca

Register now for Courageous Conversations - a free, highly requested, online workshop for First Nations administrators. This workshop will provide participants with tools to have safe, open discussions with colleagues, friends or family on topics that can be really difficult.

Date options: January 26, 2022 OR February 24, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PST (both dates)
Speaker: Jeanette Proulx (Canada School of Public Service)
Price: Free
Who should attend: First Nations leaders, Band Administrators, Managers, Youth, and anyone else with an interest in learning more about approaching challenging conversations.

Register now! Only 25 spaces are available per session.

Option 1: Register for the January 26th workshop: fnps.ca/event/courageous-conversations/

Option 2: Register for the February 24th workshop: fnps.ca/event/courageous-conversations-2/

#bcfirstnations #fnpss
*Please note this is one workshop but offered twice. Please only register for one session.
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Register now for Courageous Conversations - a free, highly requested, online workshop for First Nations administrators. This workshop will provide participants with tools to have safe, open discussions with colleagues, friends or family on topics that can be really difficult.

Date options: January 26, 2022 OR February 24, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PST (both dates)
Speaker: Jeanette Proulx (Canada School of Public Service)
Price: Free
Who should attend: First Nations leaders, Band Administrators, Managers, Youth, and anyone else with an interest in learning more about approaching challenging conversations.

Register now! Only 25 spaces are available per session.

Option 1: Register for the January 26th workshop: https://fnps.ca/event/courageous-conversations/

Option 2: Register for the February 24th workshop: https://fnps.ca/event/courageous-conversations-2/

#BCFirstNations #FNPSS
*Please note this is one workshop but offered twice. Please only register for one session.

Are you the sole communicator working for a First Nation or Indigenous organization? New to the profession? You are not alone.

Apply now for Foundations for Professional Communications, a new offering from #fnpss and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. This online course, which is offered at no-cost to participants, is designed to introduce employees working for First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations to a wide array of fundamental communication skills.

Course dates: March 31, 2022 – July 7, 2022
Course times: Thursdays – 9am – 12pm PST
Online Delivery
Application Deadline: March 3, 2022

Spots are limited – apply now! For more information on the course, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit fnps.ca/event/foundations-for-professional-communications/

Questions? Contact info@fnps.ca
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Are you the sole communicator working for a First Nation or Indigenous organization? New to the profession? You are not alone.

Apply now for Foundations for Professional Communications, a new offering from #FNPSS and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. This online course, which is offered at no-cost to participants, is designed to introduce employees working for First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations to a wide array of fundamental communication skills.

Course dates: March 31, 2022 – July 7, 2022
Course times: Thursdays – 9am – 12pm PST
Online Delivery
Application Deadline: March 3, 2022

Spots are limited – apply now! For more information on the course, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit https://fnps.ca/event/foundations-for-professional-communications/

Questions? Contact info@fnps.ca

Pre-Election Training
~for those interested in running for election in their community~

Two-part training: January 26 & 27, 5:00-8:00 PM

Are you considering running for a position of elected leadership in your community? If so, join FNPSS for this two-part series for those interested in becoming chief or councillor. This training will support you in:

1) Learning more about the roles and responsibilities of elected leaders
2) Developing a better understanding of your personal leadership approach.

The training is being offered at no cost to participants, in exchange for your feedback on the content and delivery. Please plan to join both sessions!
Register now at: fnps.ca/event/pre-and-post-election-training/
Questions? Contact #fnpss at mentorship@fnps.ca
... See MoreSee Less

Pre-Election Training
~for those interested in running for election in their community~

Two-part training: January 26 & 27, 5:00-8:00 PM

Are you considering running for a position of elected leadership in your community? If so, join FNPSS for this two-part series for those interested in becoming chief or councillor. This training will support you in:

1) Learning more about the roles and responsibilities of elected leaders
2) Developing a better understanding of your personal leadership approach. 

The training is being offered at no cost to participants, in exchange for your feedback on the content and delivery. Please plan to join both sessions!
Register now at: https://fnps.ca/event/pre-and-post-election-training/
Questions? Contact #fnpss at mentorship@fnps.ca
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