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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Response

See the latest information from FNESC, FNSA, and the IAHLA about impacts to our events or operations due to COVID-19, and find links to external resources.

Also see the FNESC Exposure Control Plan for COVID-19.

News

  • The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), First Nations Schools Association (FNSA), and Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all the impacted communities and families in mourning.  See our June 1, 2021 news release.
  • Find Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation resources for Grade 5 and 10-12, plus online learning adaptations.
  • The Post-Secondary Partnerships Program is now accepting proposals.
  • For the first time, students will be able to receive a new bachelor’s degree of Nsyilxcn language fluency offered by UBC Okanagan, in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and the En’owkin Centre in Penticton.
  • On February 3, 2021, FNESC and BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender signed a Cooperation and Collaboration Protocol. The purpose of the Protocol is to establish a cooperative and effective working relationship that includes joint dialogue and action on issues and initiatives that promote and support First Nations education in the context of inherent Aboriginal rights and Indigenous human rights, uphold the dignity of Indigenous peoples, and address the root causes of discrimination experienced by Indigenous peoples in BC.
  • See employment opportunities at FNESC.




Upcoming Events

Subscribe to Event News.

DateEventRegion, if applicableTimeRegistration or Information
May 31, 2021Negotiating First Nations Meeting for JurisdictionInformation
Jul. 8-9, 2021Board of Directors Meeting9:00am-2:00pmInformation
Sept. 24, 2021Board of Directors Meeting1:00pm-4:00pmInformation
Nov. 19, 2021Board of Directors MeetingTo be ConfirmedInformation


Featured Resources

Achieving BCTEA

Celebrating the BC Tripartite Education Agreement at Xwemelch’stn Etsimxwawtxw on January 23, 2019

We are pleased to announce that a renewed 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…

About Us

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…


Quick Links

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.