The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is a policy and advocacy organization that represents and works on behalf of First Nations in British Columbia. FNESC has a mandate to support First Nations students and advance First Nations education in BC.


    • FNESC invites you to the upcoming DRIPA Implementation Regional Meetings in September – October. Registration is open. Go to event page

    • Nominal Roll and Joint Verification Process In-Person Workshop – Registration is open. Go to event page
    • Registration is now open for the Learning First Peoples Summer Institute, which is taking place on August 27, 28 & 29, 2024 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in downtown Vancouver. Go to event page

    • New legislation recognizes work of First Nations post-secondary institutes. The work of First Nations to provide post-secondary education to their communities will be supported by ongoing funding provided under new legislation, reflecting the integral role of First Nations-mandated post-secondary institutes as a key pillar of B.C.’s post-secondary education system. Learn more…


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The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) was founded in 1992 by participants at a provincial First Nations education conference at the Vancouver Friendship Centre. That visionary group of people determined the need for a First Nations-controlled collective organization focused on advancing quality education for all First Nations learners.

Learn more about FNESC.

The BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success (BCTEA) has been signed, resulting in important and positive changes for First Nations education in British Columbia.

Learn more about BCTEA.

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    • FNESC Membership is open to BC First Nations (Bands).  Each First Nation is eligible to have one representative on the FNESC Board. Contact FNESC at 1-877-422-3672 regarding membership questions or updates or see details on our Membership Page.

Did You Know?

Each year FNESC holds a series of community meetings called Regional Sessions to report on our activities and to seek input from First Nations on a wide range of education issues.