The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) invites you to our annual Regional Sessions to learn about the activities of FNESC and our partners and to discuss emerging issues in First Nations education. The sessions represent a fundamental component of FNESC’s efforts to maintain accountability to First Nations in BC. At the sessions FNESC will be seeking direction from First Nations to inform our ongoing work.

Schedule and Registration

* Please register for the session that corresponds most closely with the location of your community to ensure that the information and discussions are relevant. If you are unable to attend the in-person session within your region, you may register for the virtual session.

January 26-27, 2023Prince RupertThe Crest HotelREGISTER
February 8-9, 2023KamloopsRamada HotelREGISTER
February 14-15, 2023VancouverSheraton Vancouver Wall Center HotelREGISTER
February 16-17, 2023NanaimoThe Grand Hotel NanaimoREGISTER
March 1-2, 2023KelownaSandman Hotel & Suites KelownaREGISTER
March 6-7, 2023Prince GeorgeCourtyard Prince GeorgeREGISTER
April 18-19, 2023Virtual SessionA Zoom link will follow closer to the timeREGISTER

In case more than the two representatives per school district or First Nation would like to attend, please use the Waitlist above. We will notify you closer to the time of the event if space is available.

* See hotel booking details below.

Who is eligible to attend?

Day 1 – Representatives from BC public school, school districts, First Nations schools, First Nations, and Tribal Councils may attend.

Day 2 – Representatives from BC First Nations schools, First Nations, and Tribal Councils may attend.

Participation is limited to two representatives per First Nation. Venue-specific maximum capacities will also apply.

Participation is limited to two representatives per First Nation and two representatives per school district. There will be a waitlist for additional participants. Venue-specific maximum capacities will also apply.

See the event flyer for saving and sharing.

Travel

Travel is reimbursable for up to two representatives per BC First Nation (Band) or Tribal Council to attend their nearest session. See a sample FNESC travel claim (including policies).

Schedule

Meeting 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Breakfast (8:00 am) and lunch provided.

Hotel and Accommodation

Event Date: January 26-27, 2023

The Crest Hotel

222 1st Ave W, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1A8

Rate: $170 +tax
Make a Reservation: 1-250-624-6771 quoting “FNESC Regional Session”

Booking Deadline: First Come, first served

Event Date: February 8-9, 2023

Ramada by Wyndham Kamloops
555 Columbia St W, Kamloops, BC V2C 1K7

Rate: $89 +tax
Make a Reservation: 1-250-374-0358 quoting “FNESC Regional Session”

Booking Deadline: First Come, first served

Event Date: February 14-15, 2023

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

1000 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
Rate: $209 +tax
Make a Reservation: Booking Link or call 604-331-1000 quoting “FNESC Regional Session”

Booking Deadline: February 2, 2023

Event Date: February 16-17, 2023

The Grand Hotel Nanaimo
4898 Rutherford Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 4Z4

Rate: $135 +tax
Make a Reservation: 1-250-758-3000 quoting “FNESC Regional Session”

Booking Deadline: February 1, 2023

Event Date: March 1-2, 2023

Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

2130 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 6G8

Rate: $120.80 +tax
Make a Reservation: 1-800-726-3626 quoting Block ID # “251786” or Block Code “2302FIRSTN”.

Booking Deadline: February 9, 2023

Event Date: March 6-7, 2023

Courtyard by Marriott
900 Brunswick Street, Prince George, BC V2L 2C3

Rate: $135 +tax
Make a Reservation: 1-250-596-6274 quoting “FNESC Regional Session”

Booking Deadline: February 5, 2023

Health and Safety

Please stay home if you are feeling unwell. Only registered participants are eligible to attend.  Family and friends cannot attend the event at any time, including for meals. The decision to attend in-person events is a personal one and it should be made in consideration of your individual risk factors and vulnerabilities.

Event Contact

Arden Doxen, Administrative Assistant, FNESC, ardend@fnesc.ca