Governance

About Us

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is governed by a Board of Directors made up of up to 13 members. The work of the Board is supported by three sub-committees: governance, finance and audit, and HR and compensation. 

Additionally, the Board is supported by a 34-member Advisory Committee, with one representative for each of the First Nations language groups in B.C. Both Board and Advisory Committee members serve a term of two years. 

Board members can serve a maximum of three terms (6-years total); there are no limits to the number of terms an Advisory Committee member can serve.

Accountabilities

Governing Legislation

Our governing legislation was amended in 2011 to include representation from all B.C. First Nations language groups on our Advisory Committee. It offers more flexibility, which is consistent with modern best practices that allow Crown corporations to determine their own structure and governance processes. As a result, it is now possible for each language group to have a cultural representative to provide advice to FPCC Board and staff.

Governance Principles 

FPCC follows the B.C. government’s guiding principles on corporate governance for Crown agencies. The Government’s mandate letter describes mandate, expectations, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities.

Governance policies for the FPCC are reviewed annually to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the organization and are consistent with the government’s guiding principles on Crown agency governance.

Principles

Incorporate First Nations cultural values into governance practices

Regularly consult with community stakeholders through the Advisory Committee and Board of Directors

Include broad representation of B.C. First Nations language and cultural groups

Invite applicants through an open application process

Provide high-level strategic direction to staff

Board and Advisory Committee work with management on a macro-level

Continue to learn and to integrate latest governance principles

Board is committed to and participates in ongoing training; annual review of the policy manual

Make decisions based on what is best for FPCC

Ongoing assessment of practice as compared to mandate to ensure the organization is on track

How board maintains working relationship with responsible minister

Governance Disclosure

FPCC complies with the 12 disclosure requirements of the Best Practices Guidelines on Governance and Disclosure published by the Board Resourcing and Development Office.

Reporting Practice 

As a Crown agency, we are required to produce a number of reports on an annual basis. We also produce other documents reporting on our activities for our communities and funders.

Board

Board selection process 

Membership for both the Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors is completed through an open application process, which is managed by the Board’s Governance Committee. This open application process means that any B.C. First Nations individual, organization or community can nominate someone or apply for membership.

The Advisory Committee and 10 Board members are all recommended for appointment by the Board’s Governance Committee (and then appointed by the Minister), while three Board members are appointed directly by the Minister.

Board Committees

Governance Committee: 
Jaskwaan (Amanda Bedard), Board Secretary & Committee Chair
Carla Lewis
Etimot Sharlene Frank
Jennifer Melles

*Special Advisor to the Board, Chief Ron Ignace, will sit on the committee as an advisor.

Finance & Audit Committee:
Konrad Thiele, Treasurer & Committee Chair
Cynthia Jensen Fisk
Ray Harris

HR & Compensation Committee:

Gerry Lawson, Committee Chair
Grant Alphonse

New – not assigned to a committee:
Chief Ron Ignace, Special Advisor to the Board

FPCC’s board governance information on this website includes all information required by Governance and Disclosure Guidelines for Governing Boards of the BC Public Sector Organizations. FPCC’s Board of Directors is accountable to the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation through the organization’s annual service plan, annual report and through reporting on its transfer under agreement. The organization is also accountable to B.C. First Nations and its other funders, including the Department of Canadian Heritage, the BC Arts Council and Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Governance Resources

Reports

Reports to Government

Service Plans

Statements of Financial Information

Board Remuneration

Mandate Letters

Government Letters of Expectations