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First Nations Languages Conference

July 16 - July 17


The FNESC First Nations Languages Conference, “In the Spirit of Sharing,” is an event dedicated to supporting First Nations languages to persist and flourish. Held every two years, this conference brings together Elders, teachers, linguists, administrators and many others to learn and share.  The conference workshops showcase a variety of promising practices in language teaching and planning, curriculum development, technology and community revitalization efforts.

Online Registration

Registration Guide including workshop descriptions

Regular rate: $350   l   Elders (60+): $250  l  Student with student card: $250 One-day: $250 Registration deadline: July 15, 2015 or when capacity is reached.  Register early to avoid disappointment! Travel and registration fees are not reimbursable by FNESC for this event. Credit card payments:  credit card payments can be done either as part of the online registration process, or by calling CivicInfo Registration Services at 250-383-4898. Cheque payments: Please make payable to “First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo.”  Individual cheques (one per registrant) preferred, but group cheques are accepted if a full listing of participants is attached to the cheque or copies of the email confirmations are attached.  Please mail cheques to our conference registration services provider: CivicInfo, 7th Floor – 620 View St., Victoria, BC  V9W 1J6


Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC Direct: 604-688-7711, Toll-free: 1-800-663-1144 Quoting “First Nations Language Conference 2015” or “CPS-GFC3795041″ Rates from $153 single / $173 double Book by June 12, 2015 for the conference rate Maps and Directions

Alternate hotels
Rooms available July 15-17 (Expedia June 23, 2015)

Howard Johnson Hotel Downtown Vancouver  1176 Granville 1-855-290-2678 $149 per night

Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson Street 604-687-0511 $200 per night

Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver 654 Nelson 1-800-413-0484 $179 per night

Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie, 1160 Davie, $199 per night


jesse We are pleased that Jessie Little Doe Baird, Vice-Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Mashpee, Massachusetts, USA, will provide the keynote speech. Jessie is the project founder of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project, and she has been instrumental in the continued reclamation of the Wampanoag language. She is featured in a documentary that aired on PBS called, “We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân.” Learn more about Jessie’s story.

Nominate a Language Champion!

We are seeking nominations for BC First Nations Language Champions in the following categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, School Education Award, Community Education Award, Youth Award (18-30 yrs).  One new Language Champion will be selected in each of the four categories.  They will be invited to attend the conference and participate in a recognition event on July 17 celebrating Language Champions. Information and Nomination Form Master list of Language Champions 2009 2011 and 2013  These Language Champions have been recognized at past conferences and cannot be nominated again.

For information

conference@fnesc.ca Toll-free: 1-877-422-3672  T: 604-925-6087

See pictures from the 2013 conference!


July 16
July 17


Coast Plaza Hotel
1763 Comox St
Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5 Canada
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