Weekly Update Blog

In a fast-paced sector constantly changing, our members need regular information and updates on policy changes, government priorities, research, and program updates. That’s why our Executive Director posts a sector update each week for all of our members. Those posts appear here the following week.

Transformative Reconciliation

Apply to participate in the program’s next cohort! Last year, The Federation partnered with Dr. Dustin Louie from the University of Calgary to offer a cohort-based, year-long program called Transformative Reconciliation in Community Social Services. The program was designed to provide a more intensive learning program for members and community partners who want to deepen […]

Projects & Issues Update: Mental Health Budget, Master Insurance Plan, Round Table, Health & Safety Council

Over the past 18 months, the entire Federation team has been focusing a lot of time and energy on supporting you and your organizations through the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, there are many other very important issues and projects and events that we continue to track and move […]

Support to Practice Training

New Fall Cohorts Open for Registration In the spring, The Federation launched the latest iteration of our regional training opportunities for members, allies, and partners across the sector—Support to Practice training for staff in supervisory roles. While these regional training opportunities began in-person, across the province with a series of Cultural Safety Training Sessions led […]

Join the Reconciliation Book Club

Take another step toward reconciliation You have probably heard, over the past few years, Federation staff and board members speaking about our organization’s commitment to reconciliation and resurgence. Most of you probably know that The Federation has MOU’s with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Métis Nation British Columbia. This month, Riley […]

Youth Education Bursary Awards 2021

A personal thank you and a call for donations Each year, when The Federation’s Youth Education Bursary Committee reviews the application from dedicated and deserving young people beginning or continuing their post-secondary education, the committee members get to read a short essay by each applicant detailing their educational goals, their life history, and the reasons […]

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday, June 21 is National Indigenous People’s Day—a chance to recognize, honour, and celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples! This year, in light of the findings of children buried on the sites of former residential schools, the increased attention on Canada’s legacy of colonial violence, the […]

Statement of Acknowledgement and Support

On behalf of the staff and board of The Federation of Community Social Services of BC, we want to extend our love and support to the families, communities, and Elders who are hurting as a result of the discovery last week in Kamloops and continue to suffer the ongoing effects of Canada’s Residential School System. […]

‘Refilling Your Basket’ – Register For Our June Networking Event

Each year, The Federation’s June conferences are an opportunity to examine current and emerging issues—the things that you, our members, tell us you want to hear and learn more about. But after 15 solid months of working through a chaotic pandemic in which we have often lacked control and understanding, one thing many of us […]

New Community Social Services Training Fund Workshops & Webinars

A couple of months ago, we announced the launch of a series of learning and development workshops focused on coaching, leadership, and human resources management to complement the two main funding streams of the Community Social Services Training Fund. As those cohorts wrap up this week, I am happy to announce the next series of […]

Register to get your COVID vaccine

Over the next few weeks, a significant increase in vaccine supply will become available to British Columbians. More than 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are set to arrive in May. As such, the province is accelerating its vaccine delivery to people throughout the province to get vaccines into arms as soon as possible. […]