COVID-19 Information for Programs

May 21, 2020

The effects of COVID-19 have touched our own community just as it has touched so many people around the world. The health and safety of everyone involved in FPCC programs, communities, and especially our Elders, is of the utmost importance to us.

While the Government of B.C. has relaxed some guidelines, we want to be very careful that our programs do not put anyone at risk.

As the B.C. Centre for Disease Control guidelines change, it is up to individual communities, organizations and First Nations to determine when they are ready to resume small gatherings and in-person meetings. FPCC supports each First Nation’s self-determined right to protect their community and we respect any guidelines set by Chief and Council or community government to help keep communities safe.

At FPCC we are taking action to maintain safe operations while supporting our communities and participants.

Current FPCC Guidelines for our Programs

Please continue to follow the current FPCC guidelines for our programs:

  • Protect Elders by avoiding in-person contact or sharing physical resources for program activities
  • Use phone or online video tools for meetings
  • Practice physical distancing (stay six feet apart)
  • Postpone or cancel group activities related to FPCC programs

Event Postponements

FPCC has postponed or modified the following activities:

  • In-person community outreach
  • In-person meetings 
  • In-person program training sessions

How We are Working to Support You

If you are applying for a grant or your program or project completion deadline is approaching and you may be unable to complete because of FPCC COVID-19 requirements, please be aware that we are doing our best to make accommodations and find flexible approaches. Please contact program staff if you need any support modifying your project proposal or with continuing your program.

We understand it’s not business as usual, but we are committed to continuing to support our Knowledge Keepers, language champions and artists in B.C. Please know that the health and safety of everyone is our highest priority. While this is a difficult time, we hope it can also be an opportunity to support each other and find new ways to continue this important work.

Programs and Funding

If you are a current funding recipient, we have been communicating directly with you to discuss how you can adapt your projects to keep everyone, and especially Elders, safe. We are also thinking about new and creative ways to deliver programs, training and resources to communities.

We are assessing all FPCC programs to determine when it is possible to launch new programs and how we are moving forward with current programs. Grants will continue to open for application, but projects must adhere to physical distancing rules with no gatherings or in-person meetings.

If you need assistance with your current program, reporting or grant application, please go to our staff page to access a list of program staff who can help.

COVID-19 Resources

FPCC is continuing our support of Indigenous communities operating under COVID-19 measures with ongoing program and resource support. We have compiled a list of resources and links below that can help you through these challenging times. Please continue to reference this resource page, as we will post updates with new information as we receive them.

STAY INSPIRED, through funding opportunities

  • Digital Originals Initiative – Canada Council for the Arts & CBC Radio Canada are offering $5,000 micro grants to help online sharing for artists, artistic groups and organizations. 
  • Canadian Arts Funding Opportunities – Information on where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns.

STAY INFORMED, through COVID-19 resources and funding sites:

  • Hul’q’umi’num COVID-19 info-graph – Hul’q’umi’num translation by Luschiim (Arvid Charlie) and Chuck Seymour of Cowichan Tribes
  • CBC News – Trudeau announces $75M for Indigenous people living off-reserve.
  • WORK SAFE BC – Offices: Protocols for returning to operation
  • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) – Sharing the Harvest during pandemic – Safe Precautions for Distributing Traditional Foods info sheet.  
  • Poster PDF (Cree) – Help reduce the spread of COVID-19: Information for Indigenous communities
  • COVID-19 – More Indigenous Awareness Resources/posters can be found here.
  • Indigenous Services Canada – COVID-19 – PSA in Plains Cree. [PDF]
  • BC Alliance for Arts & Culture – A list of resources related to COVID-19, government, arts, funding, data and general information. 
  • LEAN Canada – Voluntary response network to help arts organizations, big and small, deal with the current COVID-19 crisis. 
  • Canada Council for the Arts – Updates on how the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting programs and services. 
  • Federal Government of Canada – Outbreak updates and information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19. 
  • BC Government – COVID-19 related news release and updates. 
  • First Nations Health Authority – COVID-19 Information for BC First Nations Individuals. Includes what you need to know, protective measures, video messages and podcasts from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Evan Adams. 
  • HealthLink BC – A list of public health updates to provide quick access to the latest information that may affect you and your family. 
  • BC Centre for Disease Control – Resources at a glance page that lists links to posters, guides, factsheets, Q&As, infographics as well as links to other community resources in B.C. 

STAY CONNECTED, to Indigenous language, arts and culture

  • Practicing allowable, safe language work –  This FPCC one-pager provides language activities that are safe and permitted at this time. 
  • Virtual & at home language revitalization program ideas – This FPCC document includes projects you can do while physical distancing, working from home tips, and technologies you can use to stay connected, while working apart.
  • FirstVoices – This FPCC initiative provides web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization. FirstVoices also includes FirstVoices for Kids to support young language learners. There are 32 of the 34 First Nations languages of B.C. on the website.
  • Language for Life: Nourishing Indigenous Languages in the Home – FPCC’s handbook provides tools and information on how to use Indigenous language at home everyday. The resource provides practical strategies, tools and activities to guide families as they learn and speak their language together. Download your copy today!
  • FPCC Newsletter – Winter/Spring 2020. 
  • Culture Online – Even when doors close, culture doesn’t stop. Visit museums, view live music, watch dance, explore science centres, from across British Columbia, all from the comfort of your own home.