COVID-19 Information for Programs

July 1, 2020
PAGE UPDATED: March 27, April 28 and June 19, 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.

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
FPCC has postponed or modified the following activities:
  • In-person community outreach
  • In-person meetings 
  • In-person program training sessions
We are here 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.

FPCC Support and Resources:
 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.
  • 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 - 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.
Contribute Safe Program Ideas
FPCC is developing a resource on program ideas for safe virtual and at home project Ideas. We would like your input so if you have examples or tips on how you have adapted programs or projects to be completed from home we would love to hear from you so please email info@fpcc.ca.

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 the current work environment.

Important Links:
Program Contacts
COVID-19 Resource Page
Safe Language Work Poster

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