Update from The First Nations Technology Council: COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, The First Nations Technology Council has been closely monitoring the COVID- 19 pandemic situation. Our first priority is the health and well-being of communities, our staff, students, and partners.

We have taken the following active steps to support the health and safety of all members of the Tech Council community, to reduce the risk and to do our part in helping to stop the spread and flatten the curve:

  • All in-person classrooms have moved to an Online format effective March 16th and students are working with instructors remotely.
  • Future scheduled training will continue online and on schedule.  We are preparing to offer our Indigenized tech training modules virtually to all interested Indigenous students in BC and will assess the situation prior to the start date for any further actions.
  • We have postponed our Student Symposium scheduled for March, and look forward to hosting this innovative gathering in North Vancouver in August 2020.
  • All Technology Council staff have been provided the support to work remotely from home.
  • All in-person meetings have been rescheduled or will be held virtually.
  • All Technology Council travel has been suspended.
  • All community or engagement events or visits have also been postponed until further notice when here is clear direction from health authorities that it is safe to gather again.

If you are a current student of the Technology Council, be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

The First Nations Technology Council is committed to ensuring our efforts follow the recommendations of the First Nations Health Authority, the Public Health Agency of Canada, WorkBC and the BC Centre for Disease Control.  As the situation changes rapidly, we will be assessing the needs of students and communities on an on-going basis, and updating our practices and remote offerings as recommended.

We are reachable through phone and email and will continue to update on all Technology Council programs and services. We would also like to thank the front line health care workers and encourage everyone to practice the recommended measures to keep us all safe during this time.

We wish you, your family, and your community good health, continued strength, and resilience through this time,

The First Nations Technology Council Team