About FNESC


The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is an independent society led by a strong and diverse board of about 100 First Nations community representatives. FNESC is committed to improving education for all First Nations students in BC.

Since its establishment in 1992, FNESC has worked to communicate the priorities of BC First Nations to the federal and provincial governments and to support First Nations communities in working together to advance education issues. Communications, research, partnership-building and advocacy are all central to FNESC’s activities.

Examples of our accomplishments

  • We have won legal recognition of our authority to be decision-makers in the education of our children, protected in federal legislation (2006) and provincial legislation (2007)
  • We have created innovative curriculum, including English First Peoples 10, 11 and 12, which is now being used in classrooms across BC
  • We have co-founded the BC Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Partners Group, uniting stakeholders to improve levels of participation and success of Aboriginal learners in post-secondary education and training in BC (2005)
  • We have co-founded the Education Partners Group, bringing together Kindergarten to Grade 12 education stakeholders to improve the success of Aboriginal students in BC (1999) 

The British Columbia First Nations Education System from FNESC on Vimeo.