Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended our conference in 2017!  We invite you to mark your calendars for 2018

FNESC 24th Annual Aboriginal Education Conference

Nov. 22, 2018 – Opening Evening

Nov 23-24, 2018 – Conference Main Days

Join the FNESC Conference 2018 email list to be notified when registration opens.

Exhibitors can join the exhibitor email list to be notified when exhibitor registration opens.

About the Conference

2017 Conference Information (FOR REFERENCE ONLY)

Showcasing innovative curriculum, inspiring people and excellent networking opportunities, the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) Annual Aboriginal Education Conference draws over 800 educators each year.

Our conference theme, Renewing Our Relationship, will explore of the role of education in reconciliation, as part of the ongoing conversations about Canada’s 150th celebrations and planning for the future of First Nations education in British Columbia.  This will include examining how we can work together to transform our relationships in order to advance quality First Nations education.


Final Program – including workshops and the daily schedules (Nov. 29/17 for reference only)


Main Venue

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, 1601 W. Hastings, rooms from single $131+tx. Book by October 24, 2017. It is recommended to book your room early – we anticipate filling our room block to capacity. Reserve your hotel using the online booking link or call 604-682-3377, quoting FNESC Conference.

Overflow Venue

The Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver, 1133 W. Hastings has an overflow room block that we would suggest if the Westin Bayshore fills to capacity, with rooms from $131+tx.  Use the Pinnacle Hotel online booking link or by phoning 1-844-337-3118 and asking for the “FNESC Overflow Room Block”and block code “113-017FNES_001”

Opening Evening

  • The opening evening on November 30th, beginning at 7pm will feature a lively toonie auction and silent auction in support of the Seventh Generation Club. Auction donations (big or small) are appreciated.
  • We are excited to be including a student showcase event, “Carried Away: A Residential Schools Dance” by Emma Blazic and Ava Richardson.  We are also welcome back blues-man Murray Porter!
  • All conference registrants are invited to attend the opening evening and it is included with your registration.  There is no extra charge or need to reserve your ticket, but you can indicate if you will be attending on your registration form. Snacks, coffee and tea will be served.
  • Friends and family of registrants, and especially student teachers are welcome to attend this evening, without charge, space permitting. Reserve your extra free guest tickets in advance.


Exhibitors have now been selected for this event and notified of the results.  We are not accepting further exhibitor applications for the conference.

For reference:

Exhibitor Information
Loading Dock Location, Westin

For further information 1-877-422-3672

Dr. Thomas King
Thomas King is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes The Inconvenient Indian, Medicine River; Truth and Bright Water; One Good Story, That One; and A Short History of Indians in Canada. In addition to its many award distinctions, Green Grass, Running Water was named to Quill & Quire’s Best Canadian Fiction of the Century list. A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Foundation, Thomas King is a professor of English at the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Dr. Jan Hare, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Hare is the Associate Dean for Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education at UBC. She is an Anishinaabe scholar and educator from the M’Chigeeng First Nation. In her teaching and research she has sought to transform education in ways that are more inclusive of Indigenous epistemologies and languages. This work has a solid grounding in Aboriginal engagement and the broader community, with research conducted in the province and across the country. Her central research interest is improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners and centering Indigenous knowledge systems within educational reform from early childhood education to post-secondary. More recently, Jan has led new program and research initiatives in the Faculty focusing on Indigenous ways of knowing in teacher education.

FNESC 2016 Conference Photos and Resources

VANCOUVER, BC_NOV 24_2016: FNESC Begins Their Annual Conference At The Westin Hotel Friday Evening Starting With Registration And First Nations Dance Perfermances. Auctions Were Held To Raise Money For Programs Across BC.
Photo By Kim Stallknecht

Workshop Resources from the 2016 Conference

The workshop, Equity in Action:  A Framework for Greater Success, presented by Kaleb Child and Scott Benwell, provided an overview of the framework for an equity scanning tool to review practices and policies that may be creating obstacles for Aboriginal learners in the BC System.  See the presentation.

The workshop, First Nations Education in BC:  Now and in the Future, provided a broad overview of the topics of the BC First Nations Education System, TEFA, Jurisdiction, Student Achievement and Post-Secondary. See the presentation.

Presenters Sylvie Gauthier and Sherri Helgason’s workshop, The Educators’ Role in Combating Barriers to Accessing Human Rights Justice spoke about the importance of engaging educators to promote human rights awareness among youth.  See the presentation

In Exploring the Great Bear Sea Curriculum Resources, presenters Sarah Lockman and Jennifer Buffet shared a suite of classroom-based film and print materials focusing on indigenous knowledge, collaborative science and sustainable marine planning.  The materials are available to download at

The First Nations Health Authority workshop, Ideas and Resources for Holistic, School-based Health and Wellness, shared ideas and inspiration for planning and promoting school-based health and wellness. See the presentation.