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First Nations Records and Information Management Symposium 2016


February 2, 2016 08:30 - 16:15





In 2008, the First Nations Summit Society supported the establishment of the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) as a provincial entity to support BC First Nations as they assert their authority and decision-making capacity. The FNPSS was created to leverage economies of scale for First Nations to access relevant, quality capacity building opportunities for their administrations. To accomplish this in the most economical and accessible manner possible the FNPSS sought out partnerships with professional and regulatory bodies who currently provide training to their membership in areas that are common to the needs of First Nations.

To that end the FNPSS and the First Nations Summit Society signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with:

  • ARMA Canada (The Association of Records and Information Managers and Administrators) and ARMA Vancouver Chapter;
  • The Institute of Public Administration Canada;
  • he Local Government Management Association; and
  • The BC Public Service Agency and the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

As a direct result of the MOU with ARMA Canada and ARMA Vancouver Chapter several initiatives have been undertaken including the First Nations Information Management Toolkit, two-day boot camps, inclusion of First Nations content at the ARMA Canada Conferences, as well as the ARMA Vancouver conferences.

February 2, 2016, the First Nations Summit Society, Musqueam First Nation, ARMA Vancouver Chapter and Collabware are pleased to host the first First Nations RIM one day Symposium. A coalition of First Nations organizations, First Nations communities and records management professionals are working together in organizing an event aimed to build information management capacity in First Nations communities.

The agenda has been informed by a survey of First Nation’s needs. Highlights include; a presentation on Sharepoint/Collabware, FN Information Management Toolkit, Shared Drive Management and presentations from First Nations who are working in this area.

The focus is on practical knowledge and skills that participants will be able to bring home and utilize. In addition, participants will be asked for suggestions for future work that will further support First Nations in Information Management.

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