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 a founding member of FNESC and an accomplished, 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


Update, September 18, 2019: The conference is nearly full. When our event reaches capacity, we invite you to join the waitlist.

Registering a group and sending a cheque? First, have all participants register, then send a Group Listing Form with your cheque to the First Nations Education Steering Committee. See details in the Conference Guide.

Conference Guide

See our latest Conference Guide (updated Sept. 18, 2019), for workshop details and the daily schedule.

Workshop Selection

Workshop registration is now open! Please select your workshops using the workshop registration form. Please note that you must have completed your conference registration to be eligible to select workshops.


Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 W. 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 “FNESC Languages Conference.”

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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. 

The nomination period has now closed. Thank you to all of the nominators.

See Language Champions who have been recognized at past conferences