Bill 40 School Amendment Act (Model LEA, School of Choice, and Indigenous Education Councils)

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) invites you to the upcoming DRIPA Implementation Regional Meetings. These meetings will provide information supplemental to the discussions on the School Act amendments that took place at the April 19th, 2024, DRIPA Action Plan Implementation Provincial Meeting.

The focus of these meetings is to support First Nations on effective implementation of the amendments including the Model Local Education Agreement, Indigenous Education Councils and First Nations School of Choice. The sessions will inform additional support needed to implement the new legislative changes.

Schedule and Registration


September 23, 2024 Nanaimo, Vancouver Island Conference Centre Register
September 27, 2024 Prince Rupert, The Crest Hotel Register
October 2, 2024 Prince George, Courtyard by Marriott Register
October 4, 2024 Vancouver, Sheraton Wall Centre Register
Agenda Highlights
  • Process First Nations will follow to implement their School(s) of Choice including provisions in the School Act and provincial policy.
  • A review of the Model Local Education Agreement and details on the process to request its implementation.
  • Indigenous Education Councils including Terms of Reference, membership, purpose, and procedures, and school district targeted capacity funding.
  • Indigenous Education Targeted Funds policy changes.

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


Travel is reimbursable for up to two representatives per BC First Nation or Tribal Council to attend the closest meeting. 

See the sample travel claim (including FNESC travel claim policies on the second page).


9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Breakfast (8:00 am) and lunch are provided.


Nanaimo, September 23

  • Venue: Vancouver Island Conference Centre | 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo
  • Accommodation: Courtyard Marriott Nanaimo | 100 Gordon Street, Nanaimo BC
  • Reserve your room: Booking Link
  • Room rates from $199 plus tax
  • Book by September 9, 2024 for the negotiated (reimbursable) rate

Prince Rupert, September 27

  • The Crest Hotel , Prince Rupert | 222 1st Ave W, Prince Rupert, BC
  • Reserve your room: 1-250-624-6771
  • Room rates from $ 178 – $ 209 plus tax  
    * You must also request a City/Mountain view room and reference “FNESC or Provincial Government Rate” when booking for the negotiated/reimbursable rate
  • Book by September 6, 2024 for the negotiated (reimbursable) rate

Prince George, October 2

  • Courtyard Prince George | 900 Brunswick St, Prince George
  • Reserve your room: Booking Link
  • Room rates from $179 plus tax
  • Book by September 1, 2024 for the negotiated (reimbursable) rate

Vancouver, October 4

  • Sheraton Wall Centre | 1000 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Reserve your room: Booking Link
  • Room rates from $299 plus tax
  • Book by September 3, 2024 for the negotiated (reimbursable) rate

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.


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