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 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. New resources: Extended Program Reporting Deadlines, and Considerations for Re-opening Schools.

See the FNESC Exposure Control Plan for COVID-19.


June 4, 2020 – Improving Outcomes for First Nations Children and Youth in Care
Indigenous children and youth in government care and former youth in care are entitled to consistent and reliable support at school, home and in their communities, to ensure they get the most out of their school years and are set up for success in life.  Learn more about the newly-signed protocol….

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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.

Apr. 17, 2020VancouverCANCELLED FNESC Board Meeting CANCELLED
Jul. 16-17, 2020VancouverCANCELLED FNESC Board Meeting

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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.