Youth

The overall goal of FNPSS’ work with youth is to encourage and support First Nations youth to pursue education and careers in public administration and governance.

Youth Engagement Roundtable | FNPSS Youth Network and Survey I Internships

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT ROUNDTABLE STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION

In August 2020, FNPSS hosted a Youth Engagement Roundtable Strategic Planning Session (the “Roundtable”) organized and attended by Indigenous youth leaders from across BC. The aim of the Roundtable was to formulate next steps for increasing youth presence and participation in FNPSS activities and overall capacity within the First Nations public service. FNPSS sees this Roundtable as the first step in greater effort to build and hold these spaces for youth to allow for self-determination in action and opportunities for long-term planning. Read the full 2020 Youth Roundtable Report.

THE FNPSS YOUTH NETWORK

As a follow-up to recommendations made during the Roundtable, FNPSS is currently seeking First Nations youth to be a part of the FNPSS Youth Network. As a part of this Network, participants will meet over Zoom to learn about FNPSS offerings and provide feedback, brainstorm new ideas, exchange best practices, share tools and resources, and connect with other similar Indigenous 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.   

JOIN US - take the youth network contact survey now!

If you or someone you know is a First Nations youth between the ages of 18-29, residing in BC, who is currently working or interested in public administration and/or governance, we want you! To provide your contact information for the Network and be kept up to date on future virtual meetings, please click the survey link, below. The FNPSS team will contact you with further information following survey completion.

INTERNSHIPS

Securing meaningful and paid work experience through internships can be an excellent opportunity for First Nations youth to build their public administration and leadership skills before launching their careers. The programs below are not FNPSS-led; however, FNPSS works with our partners to support these valuable internship programs.

Indigenous Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

bc governmentThe Indigenous Youth Internship Program (IYIP) provides a 1-year paid internship for up to 25 young Indigenous British Columbians, ages 19 to 29. The program encourages Indigenous youth to consider the BC Public Service and First Nations / Indigenous organizations as a place to pursue a rewarding career. The program helps to support Indigenous youth to develop their leadership skills through work placements. Interns are initially placed with a BC Government ministry for the first 9 months. Following that, the intern is placed with an Indigenous organization for three months (salary still paid by BC Government). For more information on the program, including applying as a Intern or as a First Nation to host an Intern, visit Indigenous Youth Internship Program - Province of British Columbia.

Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP)

The Indigenous Intern Leadership Program (IILP) was created through a collaboration between the BC Assembly of First Nations, the Business Council of BC, and Vancouver Island University (VIU). The IILP matches employers in BC with recent graduates, who self-identify as Indigenous, from 25 recognized BC post-secondary institutions. VIU administers the two-year paid work placement allowing for a rich experience that builds professional capacity and networks, and increases skills and knowledge for all. Graduating students should contact VIU for more information at IIPL@viu.ca.

In the fall of 2020, the federal government in BC became one of the employers in the IILP and welcomes recent graduate and future Indigenous leaders to join the federal public service for a two-year work experience. In the second year of the work experience, interns will have the opportunity to work outside of government for an Indigenous organization or a First Nations Community for at least three months (salary to be covered by the federal government). To learn more about this opportunity to host students for a three-month placement, please contact the BC Federal Council or FNPSS.

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Foundations for Professional Communications, an offering from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, got off to a great start with our in-person week of learning in January. Pictured here is the incredible cohort of First Nations communicators, and our amazing instructor, Davis McKenzie of Toxw oxw (Becoming Clear) Communications.

The students were able to hone their skills in key areas of communications, and at the end of the week were joined by Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, and Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, who were in attendance as they presented their very own communications plans. All their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm made this week a huge success, and we are so excited for them as they complete this course and continue their journeys in communications!

Foundations for Professional Communications is a fully accredited course, free of charge for First Nations communicators. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next offering, please email: ksposato@fnps.ca.
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Foundations for Professional Communications, an offering from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, got off to a great start with our in-person week of learning in January. Pictured here is the incredible cohort of First Nations communicators, and our amazing instructor, Davis McKenzie of Toxw oxw (Becoming Clear) Communications.

The students were able to hone their skills in key areas of communications, and at the end of the week were joined by Howard Grant, Executive Director of the First Nations Summit, and Jehan Casey, Director of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat, who were in attendance as they presented their very own communications plans. All their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm made this week a huge success, and we are so excited for them as they complete this course and continue their journeys in communications!

Foundations for Professional Communications is a fully accredited course, free of charge for First Nations communicators. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the next offering, please email: ksposato@fnps.ca.

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We are pleased to share some of the plenary sessions from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat Conference 2023: Taking Root. Recordings are now available online. Check out the opening keynote from First Nations leadership, an inspiring panel from First Nations youth and crucial discussion around data governance and more.

Catch up now: ow.ly/6qU350QABv1
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In case you missed it! 

We are pleased to share some of the plenary sessions from the First Nations Public Service Secretariat Conference 2023: Taking Root. Recordings are now available online. Check out the opening keynote from First Nations leadership, an inspiring panel from First Nations youth and crucial discussion around data governance and more.

Catch up now: https://ow.ly/6qU350QABv1

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 12!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 12!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu

LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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LAST WEEK TO APPLY!

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training.

Apply now: ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
... See MoreSee Less

FNPSS is hiring one full-time Communications Officer to support the First Nations Public Service Secretariat initiative within the First Nations Summit Society.

As a member of the FNPSS team, the FNPSS Communications Officer will be responsible for developing, writing, overseeing implementation of, and evaluation of the FNPSS Communications Strategy, and other project-specific communications strategies on behalf of FNPSS.

Join a small team with big ideas! Gain valuable experience working with leaders across British Columbia. The Communications Officer can expect to be a liaison with BC First Nations, other levels of government and partner organizations. FNPSS supports BC First Nations in their pursuit of excellence in public service by delivering capacity building programs and training. 

Apply now: https://ow.ly/perq50QtLyu
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