A renewed BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success (BCTEA) sets the foundation for further growth and changes to support the growth of our BC First Nations education system.  Those changes include new funding commitments, new First Nations education commitments from Canada and BC, Language and Culture funding for First Nation Schools, continuation of our Special Education Program, and important Nominal Roll changes.

Jan. 23, 2019 News Release: First Nations students to benefit from BCTEA

Key Resources

New!  2018-19 Funding Estimator Tool calculates First Nations Schools’ Funding Allocations using individual enrolment data and factors that apply specifically to each school.  A corresponding User Manual is available. Note that this tool provides an estimate only based on historical information  Actual funding amounts may differ.

See the most current BCTEA Update (January 2019).

BCTEA BC First Nations Education Funding Handbook (2018) explains the Indigenous Services Canada’s BCTEA Funding Detail Budget Report Table that is sent to First Nations each year

BCTEA eBulletins

  • November 2, 2018 – FNESC Evaluation RFP, deadline November 23, 2018
  • September 27, 2018 – First Nations Schools and Full-time Kindergarten 4 Funding, New BCTEA BC First Nations Education Funding Handbook
  • September 18, 2018 – First Nations Schools Language and Culture Program, Systemic Changes to Support Language and Culture Programming in Public Schools
  • August 20, 2018 – About BCTEA and New BCTEA Funding, Changes to Support the BC First Nations Education System, Special Education, Government Commitments, Nominal Roll, Regional Sessions

Support to First Nations Schools and Communities

For questions about BCTEA, you are welcome to contact Jan Haugen, Manager of Executive Services, FNESC janh@fnesc.ca  Toll-free in BC 1-877-422-3672

If you have questions about your specific funding allocation, please contact your Funding Services Officer.

You are also welcome to contact the Education Program Advisor, Department of Indigenous Services Canada aadnc.bceducation.aandc@canada.ca

BCTEA Celebration Group Photo.
Celebrating the BC Tripartite Education Agreement at Xwemelch'stn Etsimxwawtxw on January 23, 2019. L to R: National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Minister Rob Fleming, FNESC Executive Director Deborah Jeffrey, Carolyn Roberts, Minister Seamus O'Regan, FNESC President Tyrone McNeil, Councillor WIlson Williams, Minister Carolyn Bennett, Grand Chief Edward John, FNSA President Colleen Austin and MP Pamela Goldmith-Jones.

TEFA Archives

The following resources were developed to support First Nations schools and communities with the implementation of the original Tripartite Education Framework Agreement (TEFA), which was in place from 2012 to July 2018.

Tripartite Education Framework Agreement (2012) Signed
TEFA School Handbook (July 2016)
Background: BC First Nations Education System
TEFA Reporting Requirements for FN Schools

Archived TEFA eBulletins

eBulletin #1, July 11, 2012
eBulletin #2, Sept. 7, 2012
eBulletin #3, Sept 14, 2012 Nominal Roll
eBulletin #4 Sept. 21, 2012 New Paths
eBulletin #5, Nov.8, 2012 Funding Protection
eBulletin #6, Dec. 12, 2012 School Bus Purchasing
eBulletin #7 originally sent March 2013, updated April 10 2013
eBulletin #8 May 8, 2013 Rebasing Opportunity, Interest, Funding Protection and other News
eBulletin #9 Jan 13, 2014 Funding Protection under TEFA
eBulletin #10 Apr. 14, 2015 Funding Update
eBulletin #11, Apr 14, 2015
eBulletin, #12, May 6, 2016 – TEFA Funding Manual
eBulletin June 5, 2018


May 6, 2013 AANDC letter re: Interest Charges to FN in BC from some School Districts
May 6, 2013 AANDC Letter re Update Opportunity to Rebase Education Portion of Block Funding
May 6, 2013 AANDC Letter re: Update on TEFA Funding
Nov. 23, 2012 Letter from Ministry about School Bus Purchasing Opportunity
Nov. 26 2012 Memo from FNESC FNSA about REVISED updated Nominal Roll Guidelines
Nov 21 2012 Memo from FNESC FNSA about updated nominal roll instructions
Nov. 20 2012 memo from FNESC FNSA regarding template letter
Nov. 20 2012 Template letter Nominal Roll 2012 2013
Oct. 23/12 Update on TEFA Reporting Requirements from FNESC and FNSA
Oct. 17/12 AANDC letter about 2012 Nominal Roll and new November 30 deadline
Sept. 12/12 Nominal Roll Workshops and Reporting Submission Update, from AANDC, Sept. 12, 2012
Sept 7/12 Memo to First Nations Communities about TEFA Implementation and Nominal Roll
Sept. 7/12 Memo to First Nations Schools about TEFA Implementation and Nominal Roll
Budget Comparison by Code 2011-12 and 2012-13
Appendix A – New TEFA Questions