Kelowna, Oct. 3-4, 2019
Kamloops, Oct. 22-23, 2019
Cranbrook, Nov. 19-20, 2019
Prince George, Dec. 9-10, 2019
Vancouver, Dec. 12-13, 2019
Nanaimo, Jan. 9-10, 2020
Prince Rupert, Jan. 23-24, 2020

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) invites you to our annual Regional Sessions to engage in dialogue on First Nations education priorities, initiatives and concerns. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about our work and the work of our partners.

FNESC and its education partners annually report on their activities and important First Nations education issues at a series of workshops known as Regional Sessions. These sessions represent a fundamental component of FNESC’s efforts to maintain accountability to all First Nations in BC, to discuss emerging issues with a range of education stakeholders and partners, and to facilitate input from community and school representatives. Regional Sessions are also intended to support BC First Nations to address education issues.

Featured Agenda Topics

Day 1 – First Nations Schools & Representatives, and Public
BC Tripartite Education Agreement, Local Education Agreements, Transportation, K-12 Public School System, Accountability, Targeted Funds, First Nations Languages, Partner Presentations (tbc), and Children In Care Strategy

Day 2 – First Nations Schools & Community Representatives
BC Tripartite Education Agreement, Languages & Culture, Transportation Capital, Graduation Credential, K4, Information & Communications Technology, 2nd and 3rd Level Services, Jurisdiction, Teacher Certification, Post-Secondary Education & Training, and Learning First Peoples Resources

Event Contact

Sarah Lefebvre – ph. 604-925-6087 / 1-877-422-3672 ext. 116 – email:

Eligibility to Attend

Day 1 – Representatives from BC First Nations schools and First Nations communities, public schools, and school districts.

Day 2 – Representatives from BC First Nations schools and First Nations communities.

Travel Expenses

Travel is reimbursable for up to two representatives per BC First Nations community (Band) to attend their nearest (or most economical) session.

See the sample travel claim form which includes policies on the reverse.  Please use travel claim included in meeting kit when submitting for reimbursement.


Breakfast:  8:30 am; meeting 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; breakfast and lunch provided.


All participants are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodation.

When booking, quote FNESC Regional Session or stated booking code to get the negotiated rates below. Book early for the best rates.

Kelowna, Delta Okanagan Grand, 1310 Water St, Reservations: (250) 763-4500 Negotiated rate $199+tx Book by Sept. 3, 2019 Book by map

Kamloops, Sandman Signature, 225 Lorne St, Reservations: 250-377-7263 Quote 190834 for the negotiated rate $120+tx Book by Sept. 20, 2019 map

Cranbrook, St. Eugene Golf Resort, 7777 Mission Rd, Reservations: 250-420-2000 Negotiated rate $116+tx Book by Oct. 18, 2019 map

Prince George, Courtyard by Marriott, 900 Brunswick St, Reservations: 250-596-6274 Negotiated rate $120+tx Book online Book by Nov. 8, 2019  map

Vancouver, Pinnacle Hotel, 133 W Hastings St, Reservations: 1-877-337-3118 or 604-689-9211 or Online Booking Negotiated rate $169+tx Book online Book by Nov. 18, 2019 map

Nanaimo, The Grand Nanaimo, 4898 Rutherford Rd, Reservations:  (250) 758-3000 Negotiated rate $145+tx Book by Dec. 16, 2019 map

Prince Rupert, Crest Hotel, 222 1st Ave W, Reservations: 250-624-6771 Quote FNESC for the negotiated rate $140+tx Book by Jan. 2, 2020 map