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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Response

See the latest information from FNESC, FNSA, and the IAHLA about impacts to our events or operations due to COVID-19, and find links to external resources.

Also see the FNESC Communicable Disease Prevention Plan.


  • For First Nations completing the Nominal Roll for submission to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), please note the following important dates:
      – September 29, 2021 Nominal Roll count date
      – October 8, 2021 Joint Verification due
      – October 15, 2021 Nominal Roll is due
    To request a copy of the ISC BC Region 2021-2022 Nominal Roll Instructions Package or for related questions, please contact ISC at
  • FNESC is sharing information from Indigenous Services Canada about its 2021 Learning Series webinars. The series features sessions on topics including Nominal Roll Policy, Accommodation Supports, Education Information Systems (EIS), and the Joint Verification Process (JVP). Multiple dates are available for each topic area, with sessions taking place from August 17 to October 18, 2021.  Learn more.
  • The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), and Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all the impacted communities and families in mourning.  See our June 1, 2021 news release.

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Sept. 24, 2021Board of Directors Meeting1:00pm-4:00pmInformation
Nov. 19, 2021Board of Directors MeetingTo be ConfirmedInformation

Featured Resources

Achieving BCTEA

Celebrating the BC Tripartite Education Agreement at Xwemelch’stn Etsimxwawtxw on January 23, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a renewed 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…

About Us

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…

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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.