April 19, 2024
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, Vancouver BC

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) invites you to the upcoming DRIPA Action Plan Implementation Provincial Meeting, in Vancouver, BC, to learn more about recent changes to the BC School Act, that are transforming the public education system to better meet the needs of First Nation students. The meeting represents a fundamental component of FNESC’s efforts to communicate with and be accountable to First Nations in BC. At the meeting, FNESC will be seeking direction from First Nations to inform our ongoing advocacy work.

Agenda Highlights

Recent amendments to the School Act cover three systemic changes for greater accountability for First Nation student learning: First Nation Schools of Choice, Model Local Education Agreement, Indigenous Education Councils (IECs).

Participants will receive information and have opportunity to dialogue about:

  • the political and legislative context of the recent legislative changes
  • the process First Nations will follow to implement their School(s) of Choice
  • core content of the Model LEA (draft)
  • changes to Indigenous Education Councils, including composition, purpose and terms of reference

Eligibility to attend

Participation is limited to two representatives per BC First Nation/Tribal Council. There will be a waitlist for additional participants. Maximum venue capacities apply.


* Advance registration is required as space is limited.


Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel , 1133 W. Hastings

Book by calling (604) 689-9211 and quoting “FNESC DRIPA Provincial Meeting” or using the online booking link

Room rates from $229 plus tax

Book by Monday, March 18, 2024 for the negotiated (reimbursable) rate.


9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Breakfast (8:00 am) and lunch are provided.


Travel is reimbursable for up to two representatives per BC First Nation (Band) or Tribal Council to attend the Provincial Meeting. See link to the sample travel claim (including policies).

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

For event-related information, please contact us at bctea@fnesc.ca.