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.
- The Post-Secondary Partnerships Program is now accepting proposals.
- For the first time, students will be able to receive a new bachelor’s degree of Nsyilxcn language fluency offered by UBC Okanagan, in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the En’owkin Centre in Penticton.
- Registration is now open for First Nation School Governance Support Regional Workshops.
- On February 3, 2021, FNESC and BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender signed a Cooperation and Collaboration Protocol. The purpose of the Protocol is to establish a cooperative and effective working relationship that includes joint dialogue and action on issues and initiatives that promote and support First Nations education in the context of inherent Aboriginal rights and Indigenous human rights, uphold the dignity of Indigenous peoples, and address the root causes of discrimination experienced by Indigenous peoples in BC.
- See employment opportunities at FNESC.
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Between now and April 30, 2020, all FNESC events including workshops, meetings, and conferences are being cancelled, postponed or, moved to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 situation.
|Date||Event||Region, if applicable||Time||Registration or Information|
|Apr. 14, 2021||Speaker Series with Karasi Govender||1:00pm-2:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 19, 2021||First Nation School Governance Support Regional Workshop,||Northwest Region||9:30am-12:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 20, 2021||Negotiating First Nations Meeting for Jurisdiction||Information|
|Apr. 21, 2021||LEAs and Accountability Regional Workshops||Okanagan/Southeast Region||1:00pm-4:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 23, 2021||First Nation School Governance Support Regional Workshop||Okanagan/Southeast Region||9:30am-12:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 26, 2021||First Nation School Governance Support Regional Workshop||Lower Mainland Region||9:30am-12:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 28, 2021||Interested First Nations Meeting for Jurisdiction||Information|
|Apr. 28, 2021||LEAs and Accountability Regional Workshops||Northwest and Central Region (NEW DATE)||1:00pm-4:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 29, 2021||LEAs and Accountability Regional Workshops||Island Region||1:00pm-4:00pm||Information and Registration|
|Apr. 30, 2021||First Nation School Governance Support Regional Workshop||Central Region||9:30am-12:00pm||Information and Registration|
|May 4, 2021||LEAs and Accountability Regional Workshops||Lower Mainland Region||1:00pm-4:00pm||Information and Registration|
|May 5, 2021||First Nation School Governance Support Regional Workshop||Island Region||9:30am-12:00pm||Information and Registration|
|May 7, 2021||Board of Directors Meeting||Information|
|May 31, 2021||Negotiating First Nations Meeting for Jurisdiction||Information|
|Jul. 9, 2021||Board of Directors Meeting||Information|
|Nov. 19, 2021||Board of Directors Meeting||Information|
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…
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…
- The English First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide (2018) provides support for the 2016-18 revision of British Columbia’s English First Peoples 10-12 curriculum. See our publications catalogue for more resources…
- The Aboriginal “How Are We Doing?” report, available on the BC Ministry of Education website, provides information about Aboriginal students (including adults) performance in public schools.
- First Nations Post-Secondary Coordinators can visit our PSE Coordinators page to information about funding programs, student resources, and more.
- Looking for a career in First Nations schools? Visit our partner, the First Nations Schools Association.
- FNESC Membership is open to BC First Nations (Bands). Each First Nation is eligible to have one representative on the FNESC Board. Contact FNESC at 1-877-422-3672 regarding membership questions or updates or see details on our Membership Page.
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.