The First Nations Education Steering Committee is holding our First Nations Languages Conference on October 7 & 8, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel.  It is a conference that happens every two years and it is a major networking and professional development opportunity for all of those involved in the vital work of First Nations languages education and revitalization.

Our conference theme, Xay Sts’itsáp – Carrying on the Sacred Work, is a Skwxu7mesh phrase inspired by the work of the late Snítelwet-t Dr. Deborah Jacobs, who was an accomplished and highly dedicated First Nations languages leader. 

The conference will explore the following topics:

  • Language teaching – creating and using language curriculum, resources, effective teaching methods, assessment and planning
  • Language revitalization, policies and advocacy
  • Technology – tools and applications to assist in language teaching and revitalization


Registration opens soon and we invite you to save the October 7-8 date for the conference. To be notified when registration opens, please join the FNESC News Email List.


Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Rooms from $209+tx single/double  

Bookaccommodation by September 16, 2019. It is highly recommended to book accommodation early.

Reservations: 1-844-337-3118 or 604-689-9211 quoting “FNESCLanguages Conference.”

Workshop Proposals

We are also inviting workshop proposals for the conference.  To apply and for more details about presenting at the conference, please submit the Workshop Application Form to

Language Champions

Nominate a champion! At the conference we will be recognizing four new BC First Nations Language Champions who have made significant contributions to the future of their First Nations language. Award categories consiste of Lifetime Achievement, School Education, Community Education Leadership, and Youth. 

Nominations are due August 9, 2019.

2019 Language Champion Nomination Form

See Language Champions who have been recognized at past conferences