Since its establishment, FNESC has led efforts to promote and support a variety of First Nations language professional development opportunities, research projects, and services for First Nations and schools.

Upcoming Events

FNESC First Nations Languages Conference,Feb. 24-25, 2020 (Full to new registrations)

First Nations Language Teacher Mentor-Apprentice Program Collaborative Implementation Pilot, January 2020

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is pleased to offer a Collaborative Implementation Pilot Project to BC First Nations schools and First Nations that will support teachers in building their First Nations language proficiency.   For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the First Nations Language Teacher Mentor-Apprentice Program (FNLTMAP) will support one-on-one teams of a language Mentor and Apprentice who will complete 200 hours of language immersion work together over a 6 month period.

Space is available for up to 20 FNLTMAP teams in the program this year.

2020 FNLTMAP Call for Proposals – for full program details

Application Template Form 2020

Key Resources

Handbook for the First Nations Language and Culture Program for First Nations Schools in BC (2018)  The plans and procedures outlined in this Handbook are being implemented for the first time in 2018/2019, and may evolve over time in response to input from First Nation community and school representatives.  Feedback on the initial program implementation is welcome.

First Nations Language Curriculum Building Guide (2016)

Reviving Your Language Through Education:  BC First Nations Language Education Planning Workbook (2016)

Key initiatives

  • FNESC ‘s Languages Subcommittee has continually directed the organization’s efforts to promote and support a variety of First Nations language professional development opportunities, research projects and services. It includes representatives of First Nation communities and schools, as well as partner organizations.
  • With the advocacy that led to the renewal of our tripartite agreement with Canada and BC (the BC Tripartite Education Agreement) we achieved new funding and policy changes to support language and culture education.
  • The First Nations Language Teacher Mentor Apprentice Program (FNLTMAP) continues to assist language teachers in increasing their First Nations language fluency.
  • For the past several years, significant effort has been made to explore a possible First Nations Language Proficiency Degree Program, working together with the Indigenous Language Proficiency Degree Consortium.
  • FNESC also continues to support research and curriculum development work.

Need a little inspiration? Listen to the FNESC Languages Conference 2015 keynote by Jesse Little Doe Baird