Conferences and Online Forums

FNPSS Conferences offer plenary sessions with keynotes and panels from First Nation leadership, full day pre-conference workshops and breakouts on policy development, human resources management, records and information management and case study sessions with First Nation groups.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, FNPSS has cancelled all planned in-person conferences and instead is hosting online Forums with much the same content and networking opportunities, but in a virtual setting.

Upcoming Conferences and Forums

Be sure to visit our Events Calendar regularly, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay informed about upcoming conferences and forums.

Who Should Attend?

First Nations band administrators, their management and office staff, Chief and Council, First Nations youth, Tribal Councils, First Nations organizations, and anyone with an interest in First Nation administration and governance.

Themes

Key current issues are addressed, along with core learning about the FNPSS pillars – policy development, human resources management, records and information management and financial management.

Past Conferences and Forums

Spring 2021 Forum

First Nations Band Administrators are often under immense work and organizational stress, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and discussions about individual health and wellness can be difficult to integrate into daily life. FNPSS’ 2021 Spring Forum, “Putting Wellness First: A Band Administrators’ Dialogue on Managing Stress”, provided a space for First Nations Administrators to have these conversations, learn about others’ personal experiences, and leave with knowledge of tools and resources available for personal and community well-being.

2020 Forum

The 2020 Forum entitled ‘Managing New Realities’ focused on the sharing of best practices and policies amongst BC First Nations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the forum provided a platform for First Nation administrators to share their priorities and needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, which provides feedback and direction for FNPSS and our partners activities, and supports Administrators' relationships with community and Nation leadership. In attendance were 93 participants from over 34 communities and organizations and over 32 federal government volunteers from various departments and agencies, coordinated by the BC Federal Council secretariat, who tuned in from across Canada and provided support to the FNPSS team and to event attendees.

2019 Conference

The 2019 FNPSS conference focused on how partnerships are 'Breaking Barriers and Creating Connections' between First Nations, First Nation organizations, government and others to enhance and build capacity in our Nations and communities.

2018 Conference

The 2018 Annual FNPSS Conference was attended by approximately 150 First Nations, Federal and Provincial Government staff and partner organization representatives. The conference featured a panel of experts in the public service and Indigenous youth, as well as a series of workshops with First Nations experts and networking sessions.

Volunteer Your Time and Your Ideas

If you are interested in participating in the Conference and Forum Planning Committees, you have suggestions for themes / topics and/or you are interested in presenting, please contact FNPSS.

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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: 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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In this webinar, employment lawyers Scott McCann, Partner, Joshua Sutherland, Counsel, and Abigail Owen, Associate, from Zacharias Vickers McCann LLP (zvmllp.com) 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.

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Join us for another Webinar Wednesday!

In this webinar, employment lawyers Scott McCann, Partner, Joshua Sutherland, Counsel, and Abigail Owen, Associate, from Zacharias Vickers McCann LLP (https://zvmllp.com) 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.

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