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.

FNESC Conference Program (UPDATED Oct. 18/16) including the schedule, workshop descriptions and details.  Subject to change.

New Workshops
Two workshops have been added and if you have already registered but would like to change into one of these workshops, just let us know. See workshop details in the program.

3M The Life of a Child in Indian Residential School
4M Transforming Education:  BC’s Redesigned Curriculum
3H 4H Racism Toward Aboriginal Students in BC Schools


Online Registration now open

Regular $425, Elders (60+) $320, Students $320. Breakfasts and lunches on November 25th and 26th are included.

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”

Reservation website

Parking: For guests staying at the Westin Bayshore and attending the conference, there is a discounted parking rate of $25 per day for 24-hour self-parking. For those attending the conference and not staying at the hotel there is a discounted self-parking rate of $18 per day 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Show your nametag at the time of exit to get the conference rates.

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 18th and July 29th 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