COVID-19 Information for Programs

March 16, 2020
PAGE UPDATED: March 27, 2020 and April 28

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.

To support increasing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 we are following the federal and provincial government recommendations to limit exposure through social distancing, restricted travel and postponing gatherings. 

FPCC is taking action to maintain our operations while also protecting those we serve. If your program involves in-person meetings or gatherings, we require all grant recipients to follow the B.C. Centre for Disease Control guidelines to cancel or postpone these activities. 

If your program or project completion deadline is approaching and you may be unable to complete because of COVID-19 restrictions, please be aware that we are doing our best to make accommodations and find flexible approaches.

We will continue to receive your final reports. We are assessing all FPCC programs to determine if it is possible to launch new programs and how we are moving forward with programs that are currently open on the website. We want to support you as best we can, so if you have any questions about your ability to complete a grant application or final report, please contact program staff by email. Program contacts: click here.

FPCC has postponed the following upcoming events and training sessions:
  • Community outreach
  • In-person meetings
  • Mentor-Apprentice training sessions
  • Digitization training sessions 
  • Indigenous Music Retreat
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.  

Here’s how we are working to support you:
 If you are a current funding recipient, we have been communicating directly with you over the past two weeks 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.
 Grants currently open will remain open for application, but projects must adhere to physical distancing rules with no gatherings or in-person meetings to ensure they follow the orders from the B.C. Health Officer.
 If you need assistance with your current program, reporting or grant application, please go to our staff page {LINK} to access a list of program staff who can help.
  • 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.
  • Grants currently open will remain open for application, but projects must adhere to physical distancing rules with no gatherings or in-person meetings to ensure they follow the orders from the B.C. Health Officer.
  • 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.
  • We have created a resource page on our website to support your work in languages, arts and culture, as well as more general resources to help you. If you think there are more resources we could include, send an email to hannah@fpcc.ca.
  • Practicing allowable, safe language work -  This FPCC one-pager provides language activities that are safe and permitted at this time.
To keep ourselves and our communities safe, FPCC staff are continuing to work from home and any in-person meetings or group gatherings have been postponed. We’ll do our best to respond to messages as quickly as possible, but we ask for patience as we continue to adjust to our new work environment.

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