The FNSA Annual Conference and AGM is an event dedicated to supporting excellence in BC’s First Nations schools. Each year, First Nations school educators and administrators attend to learn from inspiring talks from leading educators, and to engage in workshops, professional development and networking.

April 19, 2018 – School Authorized Representatives Day (1 person per school)
April 20 and 21, 2018 – Main Conference Days (the AGM is on April 20, 3:15 to 5:30pm)



Update March 16, 2018: we are nearly at capacity for the conference and registration will soon close.  When it closes, you can join the waitlist.  Waitlist priority will go to authorized school representatives.

Registration Guide – including workshop descriptions and daily schedule

  • Space is limited, so please register right away to avoid disappointment.
  • Registration priority is for BC First Nations school employees.
  • Breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks are provided.
Regular Registrants$400
FNSA Authorized Representatives (1 per school – code will be emailed)$200
One-Day Only$200

FNSA Authorized School Representatives

Each FNSA member school has one person registered with the FNSA as the Authorized School Representative (usually the school principal).  Authorized reps from schools that have paid their 2017/2018 FNSA membership are eligible to:

  1. attend the Authorized Representatives Meeting on April 19th
  2. vote at the FNSA AGM on April 20th or assign a proxy to vote

Important changes Authorized representatives can submit a claim for their travel/hotel expenses, but the FNSA will not be able to confirm the proportion of the claim is eligible for reimbursement, if any, until after the conference.
A claim form will be provided at the AGM.  See the sample claim form with important policies on the reverse.

For help with your FNSA membership, updating your school authorized representative, or assigning a proxy, please see membership page or contact us.

The Richmond Conference Centre includes the following hotels that are in easy walking distance of each other: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Vancouver Airport Marriott, & Hilton Vancouver Airport.

  • Rates: $165 single/double or $185 triple +tx
  • When booking a reservation by phone, participants must quote “FNSA 22nd Annual Conference and AGM
  • Book by March 21, 2018.  After that date, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis. All participants book their own accommodation.
  • Free parking is available at Richmond Conference Centre if you register your license plate.

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
(main conference venue)
Reservations:  1-800-663-0299 or 604-273-7878 quoting FNSA Conference or book online

Vancouver Airport Marriott, 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC
Reservations: 1-877-323-8888 using the group code FNSA or book online

Hilton Vancouver Airport5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC
Reservations: 604-233-3990 using the group code FNSA or book online


The exhibitor application period has now closed.  Exhibitors will be contacted soon.

Exhibitor Flyer

Exhibitor Agreement

Sharing Table – at the conference we will have a table for sharing information about resources of interest to First Nations schools.  Mail them in advance to the First Nations Schools Association, 113-100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver V7T 1A2, labelled “FNSA Conference Sharing Table”  Suggested quantity of brochures/flyers is 100 copies.

Keynotes and Highlights

Sophie Pierre former chief of ʔAq’am, St. Mary’s Indian Band and former Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission, is an accomplished Indigenous leader, distinguished for her commitment to First Nations’ communities.

Dr. Avis Glaze is the founder of Edu-quest International. She is internationally recognized for her work in leadership development, student achievement, school system improvement, character development and equity of outcomes for all students.

N’we Jinan brings a mobile recording studio and a video production team into schools and youth centres across First Nation and Native American communities. Through this initiative, many BC First Nations schools have been creating original songs and music videos that explore relevant issues and topics while promoting positive community engagement and collective voice.

See the youth in performance, representing several BC First Nations schools.  Watch for news about their Saturday night album launch party!