The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is a policy and advocacy organization that represents and works on behalf of First Nations in British Columbia. FNESC has a mandate to support First Nations students and advance First Nations education in BC.


  • See the most recent update on Transportation to Public Schools for documents, templates and important dates.
  • At the Learning First Peoples Spring Institute we are offering workshops on the English First Peoples 10-12, BC First Peoples 12 and Math & Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guides. Learn more.
  • Registration for FNESC Annual Regional Sessions is now open. Please visit the event page for details.
  • Celebrating First Nations control of First Nations education at Seabird Island, honouring Cowichan Tribes, Lil’wat Nation, Seabird Island, and ʔaq’am for concluding education self-government agreements. See the news release.
  • FNESC is excited to share that the BC Ministry of Education is implementing an Indigenous-focused graduation requirement for all secondary students beginning in the 2023/2024 school year. Learn more.

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COVID-19 Resources and Response See the latest information from FNESC, FNSA, and the IAHLA about and find links to external resources. Also see the FNESC Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) was founded in 1992 by participants at a provincial First Nations education conference at the Vancouver Friendship Centre. That visionary group of people determined the need for a First Nations-controlled collective organization focused on advancing quality education for all First Nations learners.

Learn more about FNESC.

The BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success (BCTEA) has been signed, resulting in important and positive changes for First Nations education in British Columbia.

Learn more about BCTEA.

Did You Know?
Each year FNESC holds a series of community meetings called Regional Sessions to report on our activities and to seek input from First Nations on a wide range of education issues.