From time to time, FNESC provides input and suggestions regarding
a variety of issues related to First Nations education. We are pleased to
on this website papers, submissions, and other relevant information prepared
by FNESC. As always, any feedback and comments on
this material is welcome.
Access to quality education has never been more important for First Nations, as it empowers our youth to reach their full potential and enables Nation building. That is why the Assembly of First Nations and BC Assembly of First Nations are coordinating a national and regional series of activities to raise awareness of First Nations’ education priorities. Click here for a copy of the letter from BC AFN Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould and FNESC President Tyrone McNeil.
We encourage you to join the National Week of Action on Education by raising awareness of your local education priorities. Some ideas for community-based action could include:
Hosting a public event
Contacting your local media with story ideas that highlight your local education priorities
Writing a letter to your local Member of Parliament or Senator
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) commends the British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT) for its passing of new regulations that will require all applicants for certification as a teacher in BC to receive specialized training in teaching Aboriginal education and special needs...read more
FNESC News Release, Dec. 9, 2009 First Nations Education Needs Fair Funding, Say BC First Nations
First Nations in British Columbia are calling on the federal government to show that its apology to residential school survivors was genuine by providing the education resources that today’s First Nations students need... read more
FNESC/First Nations Summit Joint Statement, Dec. 3, 2009 Government’s First Nations Post-Secondary Report Earns a Failing Grade
First Nations are frustrated that, once again, the federal government is dictating how First Nations education should operate without consulting or working cooperatively with First Nations ... read more
First Nations Schools Association School Measures
and Data Collection Project
This pilot project was sponsored by the First Nations Schools
Association (FNSA) in 2004/2005. The project was designed in consultation with
First Nations schools to consider issues related to the measurement and reporting
of the schools’ achievements and growth.
This paper provides a brief background to a data collection effort that was
undertaken in 2004/2005. It describes a framework that was created for the
collection and use of data by First Nations schools in BC, with facilitation
at the provincial level through the FNSA. First Nations schools approved the
framework at the 2004 FNSA Annual General Meeting. This paper also highlights
the results of a 2004/2005 pilot project that involved using the data collection
framework for the first time.
The findings of this project have been shared with First Nations schools at
the 2005 FNSA Annual General Meeting (AGM). Click
here for the full report.