Webinar Series

Current, Relevant, Focused

FNPSS webinars feature speakers on topics of current interest and relevance to BC First Nations administrators and leaders.

  • The FNPSS Mentorship Network webinars are based on First Nation to First Nation learning
  • The Town Hall webinars bring federal government representatives and others together to share and discuss relevant topics with First Nations leaders and administrators

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Access Past Webinars

Past webinars are organized below into FNPSS’s four core pillars of public service capacity plus special categories. The link is provided to each YouTube video. Alternatively, you can view all the recordings on our YouTube channel.

COVID-19

Vaccine Policy

December 8, 2021

Have you been thinking about developing a COVID-19 vaccination policy in your First Nation or support organization? This webinar explored the legal and practical considerations around vaccination policies in First Nations. The presenters shared tools on how to navigate the challenging process of evaluating, drafting, and implementing a COVID-19 vaccination policy in the workplace.

Presenters

Scott McCann and Josh Sutherland, Harris & Company LLP

COVID-19: Planning and Reporting in Unprecedented Times

February 2, 2021

Significant funds have been distributed to First Nations over the last year to respond to the pandemic. With the fiscal year-end coming up and ongoing uncertainty on reporting requirements and financial accountability, webinar panelists discuss how they have been managing their finances to be able to pivot and manage their COVID relief funds for audits and budgets.

Presenters

Sukhi Chouhan, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC, Brian Conner, Penticton Indian Band and Heather Fader. Shackan Indian Band

COVID-19 Vaccination – The Realities of Community Roll-Out

January 20, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccines become available in British Columbia, remote First Nations are among the first to receive doses for their community members. Community leaders share stories around what has worked, what has been challenging, and what they have learned during the implementation process.

Presenters

Chief Kevin Peacey from Klahoose First Nation, Feddie Louie from Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Mariah Charleson from Tahltan Band Council

New Federal COVID-19 Supports – Canada Response Benefits and Changes to Employment Insurance

November 4, 2020

A discussion about the new COVID-19 supports, including changes to Employment Insurance (EI) and the new Canada Response Benefits and what info you can share with your band members living on and off reserve.

Presenters

Service Canada Community Outreach Liaisons, Brenda Giesbrecht and Dianne Stoesz, and Canada Revenue Agency’s Outreach Manager Karen Martin and Officer Saverio Desantis

Outbreak! Lessons Learned from BC First Nations

October 6, 2020

A discussion about the experiences responding to COVID-19 outbreaks in their own communities that focused on the details of the outbreak in their community, how prepared their community was and what they wish they had had in place prior to the outbreak, how community mobility was/is being managed to contain the outbreak and reduce further exposure, what partners supported the community the most and how, and recommendations to other First Nations on how to improve their response measures, resume services, and be ready for the second wave.

Presenters

Shannon Alfred, Health and Safety Manager, ‘Namgis First Nation Health Centre, Erik Blaney, Fire Chief, Tla’amin Nation, Chris Lewis, Spokesperson/Council Member, Squamish Nation Council and Kyle Marshall, Director, Emergency Operations Center, Skidegate Band Council

ISC BC Region Town Hall

September 16, 2020

A general update to community leadership and a discussion from leadership about the issues of importance for your communities.

Presenters

Catherine Lappe, ISC Regional Director General, Bill Guerin, ISC Associate Regional Director General, David Russell, ISC Director Lands and Economic Development, Wendy Rogers, ISC Director Programs and Partnerships, Jody Kaden, ISC Director Funding Services, Rick Milone, FNHA and Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA

Continuing Capital Projects During COVID-19

September 2, 2020

COVID-19 has created massive disruptions to all forms of business over the last five months. In some communities, projects have managed to continue moving ahead, despite these challenges. The discussion shared the ways in which the communities have managed to move forward waterline and house construction projects and work towards building a health facility and Kekuli (gathering place) for their community in the midst of a global crisis.

Presenters

Vaughn Sunday, Executive Director, Adams Lake Indian Band and Jerry Andrew, Engineer, Adams Lake Indian Band

ISC BC Region Town Hall

August 4, 2020

A general update to community leadership and a discussion from leadership about the issues of importance for your communities.

Presenters

Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region and members of the ISC BC Region Executive Leadership Team

Reopening Offices and Returning to Work

July 23, 2020

What are your obligations as a manager to reopen your band office safely? How can you support your staff and what might you expect as they return to work? The webinar provides an overview of the applicable regulations from Federal Labour Program officials and best practices from a First Nation HR practitioner.

Presenters

Robin Henry, ‘Namgis First Nation, Siobhan Hutchinson, Federal Labor Program Official and Melissa Morden, Federal Labor Program Official

Reconciliation in a Time of Uncertainty

June 3, 2020

A presentation from Chief Joseph on the impacts of COVID-19 on reconciliation in Canada and the opportunities emerging from this crisis for new ways of working and being together.

Presenters

Dr. Robert Joseph, Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation

Food Security During a Pandemic

May 20, 2020

A discussion on food security challenges, opportunities, and innovative responses during COVID-19.

Presenters

Jeneen Hunt, Ditidaht First Nation, Anne Atleo, Ahousaht First Nation and Milica Nauman, ISC

Communicating with Members During COVID-19

May 13, 2020

A discussion about communications challenges arising from COVID-19, as well as best practices for communicating with members from a distance.

Presenters

Melissa Quocksister, K'ómoks First Nation and Juanita Lindley, Upper Nicola Band

ISC BC Region Town Hall

May 1, 2020

A discussion about First Nations’ education in BC given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters

Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region, Tyrone McNeil, President of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Edith Loring-Kuhanga, President of the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), representatives of the BC Ministry of Education

Accessing COVID-19 Supports for First Nations

April 29, 2020

A discussion about accessing supports for on- and off-reserve BC First Nations during COVID-19 and ideas for moving forward.

Presenters

Karen Martin, CRA, Saverio Desantis, CRA and Mary Leslie, Heiltsuk Nation

Wellness in a Time of Uncertainty

April 8, 2020

The webinar outlined the critical importance of wellness and healing in a time of uncertainty.

June 29 & 30, 2021

Presenters

Babs Stevens, CAO, Skidegate Band Council and Healer and Sandra Harris, Wet’suwet’en Trauma Practitioner

First Nations Child and Family Services during the COVID-19 Crisis

April 8, 2020

A discussion about First Nations Child and Family Services in BC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters

Cheryl Casumer, Executive Task Group, First Nations Summit, Allison Bond, Deputy Minister, ISC and Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region

Secwepemc Nation’s Economic Impacts due to COVID-19

April 6, 2020

A discussion about the economic impacts that have – and will continue to – impact First Nation communities due to COVID-19.

Presenters

Councillor Jeanette Jules, Title and Rights, Legal (Day Scholars, DRI) and Community Services Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Greg Booth, Director, Indigenous Economic Opportunity, Secretariat to the Indigenous Investment Council, Innovation and Technology Division, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, Bill Guerin, Associate Regional Director General, ISC and David S. Russell, Director, Lands and Economic Development, ISC

ISC BC Region Town Hall

April 3, 2020

A discussion on information related to the Indigenous Community Support Fund, Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and reporting requirement changes.

Presenters

Catherine Lappe, Regional Director General, ISC BC Region and joined by members of the ISC Executive Leadership Team, as well as Dr. Shannon McDonald, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19

April 2, 2020

Many communities are struggling with how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar provides a discussion about how communities are moving forward during the crisis.

Presenters

Byron Louis, Chief, Okanagan Indian Band and Alison Trenholm, Councillor, Homalco First Nation

ISC BC Region Town Hall

March 27, 2020

A review of news related to the Emergency Management Assistance Program, Income Assistance, and funding and reporting requirement changes.

Presenters

Bill Guerin, Associate Regional Director General, ISC BC Region and Leah George-Wilson, Co-Chair of the First Nations Summit and Chief of Tsleil-Waututh Nation

BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Many communities are struggling with how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar provides a discussion about how communities are moving forward during the crisis.

Presenters

Rob Bullock, Band Administrator, Ahousaht First Nation and Collette Sunday, Band Administrator, Upper Nicola Band

BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Many communities are struggling with how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar provides a discussion about how communities are moving forward during the crisis.

Presenters

Chris Derickson, Chief, Westbank First Nation and Erik Blaney, Emergency Planning Advisor, Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council

BC First Nations Responding to COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Many communities are struggling with how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar provides a discussion about how communities are moving forward during the crisis.

Presenters

Sandra Olson, Chief Executive Officer, Nak’azdli Whut’en and Deanna George, Councillor, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Human Resources Management

Reopening Offices and Returning to Work

July 23, 2020

What are your obligations as a manager to reopen your band office safely? How can you support your staff and what might you expect as they return to work? The webinar provides an overview of the applicable regulations from Federal Labour Program officials and best practices from a First Nation HR practitioner.

Presenters

Robin Henry, ‘Namgis First Nation, Siobhan Hutchinson, Federal Labor Program Official and Melissa Morden, Federal Labor Program Official

Working Remotely with Staff

May 6, 2020

A discussion about some of the challenges, solutions, and opportunities of working with staff from virtual offices.

Presenters

Robin Henry, ‘Namgis First Nation and Cathy Murphy, Fort Nelson First Nation

Human Resources in a COVID-19 World

April 22, 2020

A discussion about the human resource issues (HR) arising from COVID-19 to date and explore how to proceed with managing HR in this uncertain time.

Presenters

Roy Spinks, Human Resources Manager, Lytton First Nation and Scott McCann, Partner, Harris & Company

Wellness in a Time of Uncertainty

April 8, 2020

The webinar outlined the critical importance of wellness and healing in a time of uncertainty.

Presenters

Babs Stevens, CAO, Skidegate Band Council and Healer and Sandra Harris, Wet’suwet’en Trauma Practitioner

Collaborative Learning Day 2021

June 29 & 30, 2021

The FNPSS and the BC Federal Council invited HR Practitioners, Managers, and Band Administrators from BC First Nations communities to come together virtually for a Collaborative Learning event, focused on the theme of Human Resources and preparing for the future.

DAY 1 PANEL DISCUSSION: HUMAN RESOURCES - CURRENT REALITIES AND CHARTING A PATH FORWARD

A diverse open panel of government/provincial and First Nations speakers discussed HR lessons learned and how human resources have been affected by COVID 19. Speakers drew from their experience and discussed learnings from the past, transition periods, planning for the future and what that would look like. COVID-related legislation, return to work, mask/vaccination, virtual work, and other government facing initiatives came from the Provincial Government side. First Nations speakers provided Indigenous context and best practices on COVID-19 related HR practices.

Presenters

Leona Baptiste, Osoyoos Indian Band;  Melissa Morden, Employment and Social Development Canada; Sunny Wong, Canada Revenue Agency; Jennifer Wiegele, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Breakout Session 1: Planning and Preparing for a return to the office

Presenters

Kelly Parkin, Employment and Social Development Canada; and Qwuyumaat (Eyvettee) Elliott, Ever Plan

Presenters

Jeanette Proulx, Canada School of Public Service

Breakout Session 3: Learn more about new legislation – violence in the workplace and cultural leave

*Note: Due to recording issue, this recording begins suddenly*

Presenters

Scott McCann, Harris & Co, and Melissa Morden, Employment and Social Development Canada

Breakout Session 4: A deeper dive into the labour code part 3

This session will discuss Part 3 of the Canada Labor Code which touches on topics such as termination, keeping records, paying wages, types of leave, and more. In relation to workers’ rights and fair and equitable conditions of employment, speakers will dive into the details and conditions of these line items. *Please note that due to a recording issue the session has a slightly delayed start.*

Presenters

Scott McCann, Harris and Co.; Siobhan Hutchinson, Employment and Social Development Canada

Breakout Session 5: Building your conflict resolution toolkit

Presenters

Scott Siemens, Federal Interdepartmental Conflict Management Practitioner

Breakout Session 6: What you need to know about Duty to Accommodate

Presenters

Melanie Samuels, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Closing Keynote – Dr. Leroy Little Bear: promoting health, wellness, and resiliency

Presenters

Dr. Leroy Little Bear

Financial Management

Managing New Economic Realities

April 15, 2020

A discussion about current and future economic impacts of COVID-19 and how BC First Nations can respond.

Presenters

Chief Commissioner Manny Jules, First Nations Tax Commission and Chief David Jimmie, Squiala First Nation

Records and Information Management

The Power of Our Data

April 14, 2021

Numbers and statistics are used all the time to tell us things about our communities and how we compare. How can we take charge of all of this information to tell the stories we want to tell about our people?

Presenters

Byron Flekke, St'at'imc, Statistics Canada, Len Garis, National Indigenous Fire Safety Council, and Robert Harding, University of the Fraser Valley

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and DRIPA: Asserting Data and Intellectual Property Ownership

August 4, 2021

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 provided participants with practical examples of how First Nations Governments could assert ownership over their Nation's intellectual property (i.e. language, stories, songs, practices, etc.) and identity.

This knowledge-sharing series was organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative.

Presenters

Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation and Christopher Horsethief

Data Governance: Government to Government Data Quality and Sharing Agreements

August 17, 2021

BC has a great diversity of First Nations cultures with 34 living languages and many dialects associated with the Indigenous Nations that hold rights in BC. During this session, participants explored the concept of Quality Data from various First Nations worldviews, and they reviewed a preliminary draft of a First Nations Government developed Data Quality and Sharing Agreement template.

This knowledge-sharing series was organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative.

Presenters

Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation and Harmony Johnson, sɛƛakəs, Tla’amin Nation

Data and Information Management: Policies and Procedures to Manage and Protect Data

September 1, 2021

First Nations Governments create and receive massive amounts of data in the form of documents, studies, and correspondence. To govern the management of these resources, policies and procedures need to be in place to manage resources and their creation, retention, storage, sharing, and analysis. During this session, a Data Governance Framework and Policy Manual for First Nations Governments was shared with participants, as was a variety of other records and information management resources.

This knowledge-sharing series was organized by the First Nations Information Governance Centre and the BC First Nations Data Governance Initiative.

Presenters

Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Michelle Barroca, Records and Information Specialist and Margaret Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Archivist

Policy Development and Implementation

Virtual Engagement and Decision-Making

May 27, 2020

A discussion about the challenges and opportunities around engaging members remotely and conducting virtual decision-making for land code and elections amidst COVID-19.

Presenters

Collette Sunday, Band Administrator, Upper Nicola Band

Communicating with Members During COVID-19

May 13, 2020

A discussion about communications challenges arising from COVID-19, as well as best practices for communicating with members from a distance.

Presenters

Melissa Quocksister, K'ómoks First Nation and Juanita Lindley, Upper Nicola Band

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats provide opportunities for current and aspiring elected leaders to connect with First Nation mentors.

Fireside chat with Chief Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation

January 13, 2022

Chief Crystal Smith is a passionate advocate for her people. She sees great value in building Haisla Nation-owned joint venture partnerships, which allow members to be part of major projects in their territory, providing a doorway to rewarding work and educational opportunities that will benefit both current and future generations.

Fireside chat with Vaughn Sunday, Executive Director, Adams Lake Indian Band

November 24, 2021

Vaughn Sunday is the Executive Director of the Adams Lake Indian Band (ALIB). Vaughn was born and raised on the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, is a Mohawk language speaker, and is a member of the Wolfclan of the Akswesasne longhouse. After 27 years working with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Vaughn completed a Masters degree in Public Administration from Queens University and moved into his current position with ALIB. Vaughn is proud to have played a part in assisting the Adams Lake community in such areas as housing, capital infrastructure, and financial management.

Fireside chat with Chief Harvey McLeod, Upper Nicola Band

October 27, 2021

Chief Harvey McLeod has been the elected chief of Upper Nicola Band since 2014. When he was first elected chief after serving as councillor, he thought the transition would be an easy one. Instead, he found that the role required him to learn new skills, make changes to his priorities, and get used to spending long periods of time on his own. Chief Harvey became especially aware of the importance of learning from others (i.e. mentorship) and developing strong relationships based on understanding and respect.

Emergency Management

Discussion on Community Funding for Wildfires

June 10, 2020

A discussion with Emergency Management BC (EMBC), BC Wildfire Services (BCWS), First Nation Emergency Social Services (FNESS), and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) on funding available for First Nations for wildfires and other emergencies.

Presenters

Wendy Rogers, Director or Programs and Partnerships, ISC, Duncan Stephen, Manager, Emergency Management, ISC, Jamie Jeffreys, Director of Strategic Engagement, BCWS, Kayla Pepper, Director, Indigenous Community Relations & Partnership Engagement, EMBC, Stephanie Papik, Director, Strategic Integration of Indigenous Knowledge, Cultural Safety and Humility, EMBC, and Jeff Eustache, Manager Forest Fuel Management Department, FNESS

FNPSS Information

FNPSS Holiday Webinar: Raising Our Hands

December 16, 2020

Featuring a live performance from the award-winning Mohawk blues musician Murray Porter! A celebration of the strength and resilience of all of the amazing people and organizations that have been part of our collective journey in 2020.

FNPSS Information Session

August 20, 2020

Information about the FNPSS and its work, directed at all BC Government employees.

Presenters

Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, Sandra Wesley-Olson, Director of Operations for the Hagwilget First Nation Government and Collette Sunday, Band Administrator for the Upper Nicola Band

Government of Canada Information Sharing

Reverse Town Hall: First Nations Youth: bridging the gap between community and opportunity

March 25, 2021

First Nations youth often have to leave their communities to access education and career opportunities. Hear from three BC first Nation youth as they share their views on why First Nations youth leave their communities, why they do or do not choose to return, and what those choices mean for their connection to culture and community.

Presenters

Howard Grant, Councillor, Musqueam Indian Band, and Executive Director, First Nations Summit, Karista Olson, Shoshoni Andrew and Dylan Daniels

Reverse Town Hall: How to Best Engage and Consult with First Nations During COVID

January 28, 2021

First Nations communities are in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic, which is hitting them harder than the first wave last spring. Yet federal government public servants are faced with the mandate to continue to engage and consult on a variety of programs, policies and initiatives. A discussion of what the current realities are on the ground for First Nations, and some best practices and respectful approaches to consult and engage in meaningful discussions and initiatives.

Presenters

Chief Christopher Derickson, Westbank First Nation, Collette Sunday, Upper Nicola Band, Councillor Brian Holmes, Upper Nicola Band

First Nations Children and Family Townhall Session

January 14, 2021

A discussion about First Nations child and family services in BC and specifically on work that is occurring provincially and federally and have an opportunity to ask questions directly to representatives.

Presenters

Representatives from Indigenous Services Canada, MCFD, and the FNLC

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FNPSS invites all current and aspiring First Nations Administrators and Elected Leaders to join a 90-minute Fireside Chat with Joe Bevan, former Chief and Councillor with Kitselas First Nation. Joe is Nisga’a/Tshimshian and a member of the Kitselas First Nation. He currently works as a Senior Consultant at Humanity Financial Management in Vancouver.

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FNPSS invites all current and aspiring First Nations Administrators and Elected Leaders to join a 90-minute Fireside Chat with Joe Bevan, former Chief and Councillor with Kitselas First Nation. Joe is Nisga’a/Tshimshian and a member of the Kitselas First Nation. He currently works as a Senior Consultant at Humanity Financial Management in Vancouver. 

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The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is pleased to invite you to a 90-minute online webinar on salary surveys and how they can be used to help build community-specific salary structures. Speakers include Teresa Mullen (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), Cathy Murphy (Fort Nelson First Nation), and Wendy Ham (AFOA BC).

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The First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) is pleased to invite you to a 90-minute online webinar on salary surveys and how they can be used to help build community-specific salary structures. Speakers include Teresa Mullen (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), Cathy Murphy (Fort Nelson First Nation), and Wendy Ham (AFOA BC).

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