August 20, 2019  

This newsletter is your guide to upcoming events offered by the First Nations Education Steering Committee, First Nations Schools Association, and Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association.

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Language and Culture Regional Workshops

Sept. 17, 2019, Nanaimo
Sept. 19, 2019, Prince George
Sept. 25, 2019, Prince Rupert
Sept. 27, 2019, Kamloops
Oct. 1, 2019, Richmond

First Nations school and community representatives are invited to attend this workshop to explore school-focused best practices and planning strategies for language revitalization, and to learn more about the services and opportunities available to First Nations schools through the BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA). Travel reimbursement is available for two representatives,
one per BC First Nation school and one per First Nation, to attend their nearest session.

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Regional Sessions

Oct. 3-4, 2019, Kelowna
Oct. 10-11, 2019, Prince Rupert
Oct. 22-23, 2019, Kamloops
Nov. 18-19, 2019, Cranbrook
Dec. 9-10, 2019, Prince George
Dec. 12-13, 2019, Vancouver
Jan. 9-10, 2020, Nanaimo

Regional Sessions are an opportunity to learn about the work of FNESC and to discuss current directions in First Nations education.  Topics will include the BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA), K-12 education, post-secondary education, and much more. Travel reimbursement is available for two representatives per BC First Nation to attend their nearest session.

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FNESC First Nations Languages Conference

Oct. 7-8, 2019, Vancouver

This special conference happens every two years and it is a major networking and professional development opportunity for all individuals involved in the vital work of First Nations languages education and revitalization. The conference theme, Xay Sts’itsáp – Carrying on the Sacred Work, is a Skwxu7mesh phrase inspired by the work of the late Snítelwet-t Dr. Deborah Jacobs. Registration is now open.

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Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association AGM and Conference

Oct. 17-18, 2019, Richmond

Educators and administrators from BC's Indigenous-governed institutes and their partners will gather at the IAHLA AGM and Conference to explore the conference theme, Successful Institutes Under a BC Tripartite Post-Secondary Education Model. The event will highlight the work underway by BC First Nations and First Nations-mandated institutes to develop a BC Tripartite PSE Model, which will include funding, policy, and program delivery, as well as mechanisms to ensure the public post-secondary system is responsive to the needs of First Nations learners. For event updates or to apply to present a workshop, contact


FNESC 25th Annual Indigenous Education Conference

Nov. 28-30, 2019, Vancouver

The FNESC 25th Annual Indigenous Education Conference draws over 800 attendees to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for advancing quality Indigenous education and supporting First Nations learners to reach their full potential. Our theme, Meeting Diverse Student Needs, will focus attention on how we can better meet the needs of current and former youth in care in the education system, implement effective Local Education Agreements, create inclusive and responsive learning environments, and develop quality First Nations language and culture programming. Workshops proposals are invited (due Sept. 10). Registration is now open. Note that registration may reach capacity this summer, so register soon!

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See the Events Listing on the First Nations Schools Association website for upcoming events offered for First Nations school representatives, including Professional Learning Communities meetings, Special Education Program Regional Workshops, Education Assistants Training, and more.  

Go to the First Nations Schools Events Listing

Other Events

FNESC Board Meetings Nov. 15, 2019, Feb. 14, 2020, Apr. 17, 2020, Jul. 9-10, 2020 (including AGM), and Nov. 6, 2020, Vancouver

First Nations Schools Annual Conference and AGM  Apr. 3-4, 2020 (Authorized Representatives: Day Apr. 2, 2020), Vancouver


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