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.

Fall 2021

Theme to be determined

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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Foundations in Leadership for Administrators and Chief & Council Part I – Leading Self
*Back by Popular Demand!*

To register and learn more, visit https://t.co/j5haTrWkhy by October 15th, 2021.

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrow's Chief & Council session!

September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PS

Please visit our website to register https://t.co/kMlHvQHTIp. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca.

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Foundations in Leadership for Administrators and Chief & Council Part I – Leading Self
*Back by Popular Demand!*

Are you a new, seasoned, or aspiring administrator or elected leader hoping to take your leadership skills to the next level? If so, this training is designed for you!

The leadership series features six 2.5-hour interactive online training sessions (Tuesdays from 9:00-11:30am on October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30) developed by a First Nations advisory group and Laara Yaghujaanas, an Indigenous governance specialist. The sessions in the first part – “Leading Self” – of this three-part series build on one another and focus on the following topics:

- Leading Self
- Team Development
- Conflict Management
- Systems Thinking
- Organizational Development
- Strategic Planning

To register and to learn more, visit ow.ly/NDKI30rTxwU by October 15th, 2021.
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Foundations in Leadership for Administrators and Chief & Council Part I – Leading Self
*Back by Popular Demand!*

Are you a new, seasoned, or aspiring administrator or elected leader hoping to take your leadership skills to the next level? If so, this training is designed for you!

The leadership series features six 2.5-hour interactive online training sessions (Tuesdays from 9:00-11:30am on October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30) developed by a First Nations advisory group and Laara Yaghujaanas, an Indigenous governance specialist. The sessions in the first part – “Leading Self” – of this three-part series build on one another and focus on the following topics:

- Leading Self
- Team Development
- Conflict Management
- Systems Thinking
- Organizational Development
- Strategic Planning

To register and to learn more, visit  http://ow.ly/NDKI30rTxwU by October 15th, 2021.

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This is a reminder to register now for tomorrow's Chief & Council session!

September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PS

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity.

This upcoming Chief & Council session will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session ow.ly/qw8Y50G6yaO. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca.

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.
... See MoreSee Less

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrows Chief & Council session! 

September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PS

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity. 

This upcoming Chief & Council session will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session http://ow.ly/qw8Y50G6yaO. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.

There’s still time to apply for the BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship!

Deadline: September 30, 2021

This scholarship aims to provide support for Indigenous professionals to access training related to the administration or management of public services in their First Nation government. The scholarship is valid for one year in the amount of up to $1,500 and will be provided to the successful candidate as a voucher to the specified post-secondary institution upon proof of registration. Two scholarships will be awarded in 2021.

The scholarship was first awarded in 2020 to Stacie Coutlee and Saul ‘Hazil’hba’ Brown. To learn more about our winners from 2020, please visit our website: ow.ly/AcFB50G3qn8

Eligibility: The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government.

Applicants must be enrolled in full or part-time study in an accredited post-secondary course or program. Please note that preference will be given applicants working towards a diploma, certificate or degree. The course or program may be offered online or in-person.

Area(s) of study must be related to the administration or management of core public services in First Nations government.

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply please visit the FNPSS ow.ly/3dtL50G3qn9 LGMA website ow.ly/jBTV50G3qn7 .
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There’s still time to apply for the BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship!

Deadline: September 30, 2021

This scholarship aims to provide support for Indigenous professionals to access training related to the administration or management of public services in their First Nation government. The scholarship is valid for one year in the amount of up to $1,500 and will be provided to the successful candidate as a voucher to the specified post-secondary institution upon proof of registration. Two scholarships will be awarded in 2021.

The scholarship was first awarded in 2020 to Stacie Coutlee and Saul ‘Hazil’hba’ Brown. To learn more about our winners from 2020, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/AcFB50G3qn8

Eligibility: The BC First Nations Public Service Scholarship is open to Indigenous applicants working in a non-elected role in any BC First Nation government. 

Applicants must be enrolled in full or part-time study in an accredited post-secondary course or program. Please note that preference will be given applicants working towards a diploma, certificate or degree. The course or program may be offered online or in-person. 

Area(s) of study must be related to the administration or management of core public services in First Nations government.

To learn more about the scholarship and to apply please visit the FNPSS http://ow.ly/3dtL50G3qn9 LGMA website http://ow.ly/jBTV50G3qn7 .

There's less than a week left to put in your Expression of Interest to host an Indigenous intern! Apply now!

Deadline: August 31, 2021!

For more information, please visit our website: ow.ly/3GYF50FRuxW...

The Expression of interest form and Intern profiles can be found here: ow.ly/1TH650FRuxY

If you require support in completing the Expression of Interest, please contact Amory Adrian at 604-341-0017 or aadrian@fnps.ca

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Expressions of Interest are now being sought for fall 2021 Intern placements. As an important component of federal participation in the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP), interns will be placed for three months with a First Nation community or Indigenous organization while their salary continues to be covered by the federal government. If you are able to provide supervision and a meaningful project/role for an intern, please complete an Expression of Interest form and email the completed form to info@fnps.ca.

The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program was created through a collaboration between the BC Assembly of First Nations, the BC Business Council, and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Interns are recent graduates, who self-identify as Indigenous, from 25 recognized BC post-secondary institutions. Further information on the IILP may be found through the VIU website.
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Theres less than a week left to put in your Expression of Interest to host an Indigenous intern! Apply now! 

Deadline: August 31, 2021!

For more information, please visit our website: http://ow.ly/3GYF50FRuxW...

The Expression of interest form and Intern profiles can be found here: http://ow.ly/1TH650FRuxY 

If you require support in completing the Expression of Interest, please contact Amory Adrian at 604-341-0017 or aadrian@fnps.ca

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Expressions of Interest are now being sought for fall 2021 Intern placements. As an important component of federal participation in the Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP), interns will be placed for three months with a First Nation community or Indigenous organization while their salary continues to be covered by the federal government. If you are able to provide supervision and a meaningful project/role for an intern, please complete an Expression of Interest form and email the completed form to info@fnps.ca. 

The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program was created through a collaboration between the BC Assembly of First Nations, the BC Business Council, and Vancouver Island University (VIU). Interns are recent graduates, who self-identify as Indigenous, from 25 recognized BC post-secondary institutions. Further information on the IILP may be found through the VIU website.

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrow's session!

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is hosting Chief & Council engagement sessions in August and September of this year.

August 24, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm PST

Can't make it tomorrow? Register for our next session!
September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PST

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity.

These upcoming Chief & Council sessions will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session ow.ly/lEZC50FWCVj. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca.

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.
... See MoreSee Less

This is a reminder to register now for tomorrows session! 

The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is hosting Chief & Council engagement sessions in August and September of this year.  

August 24, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm PST

Cant make it tomorrow? Register for our next session! 
September 9, 2021: 10:30am to 12:00pm pm PST

In May and June of this year, we invited BC First Nations Band Administrators to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that FNPSS can support First Nations to strengthen their administration and governance capacity. 

These upcoming Chief & Council sessions will review what we heard from Band Administrators in May and June and provide an additional opportunity to hear from leadership and to build on what we learned during our previous sessions.

Please visit our website to register for an engagement session http://ow.ly/lEZC50FWCVj. If you have any questions about the dialogue process, please email info@fnps.ca. 

Thank you in advance for sharing your time, experience, and knowledge to help guide the work of FNPSS and help us ensure we are providing the most relevant and needed capacity support to BC First Nation administrations.
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