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FNESC 23rd Annual Aboriginal Education Conference
The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Nov. 30 evening, Dec. 1-2, 2017

Workshop applications will be accepted beginning June 2017 and the exhibitor application period will be in July 2017, with exact dates to be announced.

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.

(2016 – for reference only)

Showcasing innovative curriculum, inspiring people and networking opportunities, the First Nations Education Steering Committee Annual Aboriginal Education Conference draws over 800 educators each year. Our conference theme this year is Celebrating First Nations Diversity, providing an opportunity to discuss how the unique heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations can be reflected in schools and student learning. Everyone is welcome and it is an opportunity for sharing, learning and celebration.

Conference Schedule/Program (UPDATED Nov. 22/16) including the schedule, workshop descriptions and details.


Registration reached capacity on October 27, 2016 and is now closed.  Thank you for the wonderful response!

Regular $425, Elders (60+) $320, Students $320. Breakfasts and lunches on November 25th and 26th are included.  Your automatic email serves as your registration invoice.

Registration payments must be received by our registration provider, CivicInfo, by November 10, 2016. Those with unpaid registrations are not eligible to attend.


Main Venue:

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, 1601 W. Hastings, rooms from single $129+tx. Book by October 25, 2016

Reservations: 604-682-3377 quoting “FNESC Conference”


For those parking for the day but not staying overnight at the Westin, enter the code 8801126 (Rate code: FNESC) in the parking meters for the discounted parking rate of $18.

For all guests staying overnight at the Westin, register your license plate with the front desk so that the discounted $25 overnight rate will be added to your guestroom. You do not need to enter anything into the parking meters.

Overflow Room Block

Coast Coal Harbour, 1180 W Hastings St, Vancouver, rooms from single $129+tx.
Book by October 25, 2016
Reservations: 1-800-663-1144 quoting “FNESC Overflow”
This hotel is a ten-minute walk from the conference site at the Westin Bayshore.


For further information

November 24th Opening Evening

  • The evening will feature a lively toonie auction and silent auction in support of the Seventh Generation Club. Auction donations (big or small) are appreciated.
  • All conference registrants are invited to attend 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 extra free guest tickets in advance.
  • There will be a special performance by Welhtima Kexwusem, a singing and dancing group established in 2004 by the Squamish Valley Education Department to revitalize the language and culture of the Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw peoples. 

image-jody-wilson-raybould-minister-2016Keynote Address

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Thank you to all of those who have applied to be exhibitors this year.  The application period was July 18 to July 29, 2016 4:00 pm and all applicants have been advised whether or not they have been accepted. No further applications are being accepted due to space limitations.

For reference:

Exhibitor Agreement
Exhibitor Information Flyer
Shipping Label, Westin
Loading Dock Location, Westin