August 19-21, 2019
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
Vancouver, BC

The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms.   

The three sessions, which may be selected individually, will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.

Registration opens soon!

Aug. 19, 2019   BC First Nation Land, Title and Governance Teacher Resource Guide (Elem/Sec)

The BC First Nation Land, Title and Governance Teacher Resource Guide for elementary and secondary grades is a new resource that will help educators introduce students to BC First Nations’ diverse systems of governance before contact, historical and present day impacts of colonization on First Peoples governance, contemporary First Peoples government systems, First Nation land and title issues, including the modern day BC treaty process and its alternatives. At this workshop, participants will receive a copy of the teacher resource guide, collaboratively explore its units/lessons, discuss implementation of lessons/activities, and network with other educators. Registration $30.

Aug. 20, 2019  Integrating First Peoples Principles of Learning, Knowledge and Perspectives in Classrooms (Elem/Sec)

The First Peoples Principles of Learning are making an impact on our education systems, but we have only begun to understand how they can be used as a framework to build a stronger education systems for all learners. This workshop is designed to help educators effectively integrate First Peoples knowledge/perspectives and the First Peoples Principles of Learning into classrooms and schools. Participants will examine how we can create an equitable education system that supports the success and well-being of First Nations learners as a part of reconciliation through education, and will receive a selection of teacher resources from the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the First Nations Schools Association. Registration $30.

Aug. 21, 2019  Secondary Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide

The FNESC/FNSA Secondary Science First Peoples Teacher Resource Guide helps educators respectfully integrate BC First Peoples science knowledge and perspectives into secondary science courses. The guide includes thematic units focussing Indigenous Science Perspectives, Transformation and Evolution, Relationships to Fresh-Water, Shaping the Land, Place-Based Ethnobotany Inquiry, Salmon and Interconnectedness, Connecting Climate Change and Food Security, Forests and First Peoples, and Hunting and Trapping.  All participants will receive a copy of the teacher resource guide, collaboratively explore its units, discuss implementation of the lessons/activities, and participate in collegial discussions with other educators. Registration $30.

Planning your Trip

Eligibility to Attend

  • First Nations school, public school and independent school educators are eligible to attend.  
  • Max. 60 people per session.
  • Registration Deadline:  August 2, 2019 or when capacity is reached


  • $30 per session
  • Credit card:  Credit card is accepted online during registration or phone in credit card payment to CivicInfo at 250-383-4898.
  • Cheques: Payable to First Nations Education Steering Committee c/o CivicInfo Mail to: CivicInfo BC, #203 – 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8.
  • Participant name must be included with the cheque.
  • Registration fees must be received by August 2, 2019 or your registration will be cancelled.


  • Session 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Breakfast (8:30am) and lunch provided.               

Venue and Accommodation

  • Pinnacle Harbourfront, 1133 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
  • Book by July 18, 2019 quoting FNESC Learning First Peoples Summer Institute for the negotiated rate of $259+tx.
  • Reservations: 1-844-337-3118 or    

Travel Reimbursement

  • Travel/hotel reimbursement is available only to teachers from BC First Nations schools, maximum 3 per school, per session.
  • Travel claims must be mailed to FNESC post-marked within 30 days of the event to be eligible for reimbursement.  Include original receipts for hotel, ferry, airplane, taxi, bus and parking.
  • A travel claim form will be provided at the event and a sample is available to review (subject to change). A summary of FNESC policies is on the reverse side
  • When you register online, you will receive an automatic email confirming your registration. 
  • You will only be reimbursed for “most economical” mode of travel.
  • Only individuals eligible for travel reimbursement and living more than 1 hour or 90 km from the event location can apply for required nights of hotel reimbursed.  The maximum reimbursed is the negotiated rate.
  • Please do not claim breakfasts or lunches on the meeting day because they are provided.

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