We invite you to mark your calendars for our next conference:

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

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, Implementing UNDRIP, will explore Indigenous education in the context of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right of Indigenous peoples to establish and control their own educational systems, the right of Indigenous adults and children to all levels and forms of education without discrimination, and the right to an education in their Indigenous cultures and languages.


Conference registration will begin in June 2018, while workshop registration will begin in October (a new two step process this year).

Two registration options:

  • online registration, requiring an individual credit card payment
  • hard-copy registration, mailed in with cheque

To see what a FNESC Conference is like, see our  2017 Program – including workshops and the daily schedules.

Call for Workshops

Workshop Application Form – apply by September 11, 2018


Main Venue

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, 1601 W. Hastings, rooms from single $134+tx. Book by October 22, 2018. 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 will have an overflow room block – details coming soon.

Opening Evening

  • The opening evening on November 22nd, 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.
  • 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.


We welcome exhibitors at this event.  The application process will open in Summer 2018.

To be notified regarding application date and upcoming events, join the exhibitor email list

For further information

conference@fnesc.ca 1-877-422-3672

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 www.greatbearsea.net.

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.