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About the Conference

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.

Educators and education administrators are invited to watch for the opening of our conference registration in September 2017.


Registration opens late September, 2017

Regular $425, Elders (60+) $320, Students $320. Breakfasts and lunches on December 1 & 2 are included.  Your automatic email serves as your registration invoice.

Registration payments must be received by our registration provider, CivicInfo, by November 3rd, 2017. Those with unpaid registrations are not eligible to attend.


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 1-800-937-8461, quoting FNESC Conference.

Opening Evening

  • The opening evening on November 30th 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.


We welcome exhibitors for this event. The application period is now open! Please find the attached Exhibitor Information flyer and Exhibitor Application Form listed below.

For reference:

FLYER 2017 Exhibitor Information

FORM FNESC 2017 Exhibitor Application

Exhibitor Agreement
Shipping Label, Westin
Loading Dock Location, Westin

For further information 1-877-422-3672

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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.