The First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) invites First Nations school educators and administrators to our conference and annual general meeting, where we will explore a wide range of effective practices in classroom instruction, school administration and key areas of professional growth.

Registration Guide 2017 – including the Schedule and Workshop Descriptions (draft, subject to change)


Register Online

$0 for FNSA Authorized Representatives (1 per school) – see this page for the most current list of FNSA Authorized Representatives. Instructions for updating your representative or assigning a proxy are also available at that link.

$400 for Regular Registrants

VISA and MasterCard payments will be accepted with your online registration or by phoning CivicInfo at 250-383-4898 after registering.

If paying by cheque, please include a copy of registration confirmation.  Make cheques payable to: ‘First Nations Schools Association c/o CivicInfo’  Send to: CivicInfo BC, #203 – 4475 Viewmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8Z 6L8

Cancellation policy: Full refunds up to and including April 14, 2017; no refunds after. Substitutions allowed.

Breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks are provided.


Hyatt Regency Hotel (main conference venue)

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

$188 single/double. Reservations can be made using the booking link  or by calling 1-888-421-1442.

Book by April 5, 2017 for the negotiated rates.  After that date, reservations will be on a space and rate available basis. All participants book their own accommodation.

For school FNSA authorized representatives claiming travel reimbursement (1 per school), hotel will be reimbursed only to a maximum of the negotiated rate above.

Authorized School Representatives

Each FNSA member school has one individual who is registered with the FNSA as the authorized school representative (typically the school principal).

Authorized representatives are eligible to:

  1. attend the April 20th Authorized Representatives Meeting;
  2. vote at the FNSA AGM on April 21st; and
  3. claim travel/hotel reimbursement, provided they attend the annual general meeting

Does your school’s authorized representative need updating? Find instructions and a proxy form on the membership page.

2016 Conference Gallery

FNSA April 15 Ks0027Mary Charles Marie Matthew


Exhibitor Application Form 2017 – Apply by March 24, 2017

Exhibitor Information Flyer

Exhibitor Agreement

Exhibitors, see the information on this page about accommodation if you would like to book at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Past Conference Resources (2016)

Dr. Joanna Christodoulou’s keynote on Summer Reading: Development, Difficulties, & Interventions, her workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience of Reading: Development and Difficulties, and her workshop on Contributions of Cognitive Neuroscience to Education: Promise, Potential, Pitfalls.  Additional resources are available on her website.

FNESC Curriculum Coordinator Jo-Anne Chrona’s presentation on BC Curricular Changes Info Session for FNSA

Featured Speakers, 2017

hodgesWe are excited to feature David Hodges, a producer and educator with N’we Jinan who has recorded music videos with youth from a number of BC First Nations schools including ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School, Acwsalcta School and Tsay Keh Dene School as well as with First Nations youth from across Canada.  The creative spirit of the youth shines through music videos that were produced in their communities.  Students gain valuable experience in song-writing, voice, sound recording, music and video production, and performance.  Conference participants will enjoy live performances by featured recording artists from BC First Nations schools, Manitoba and Surrey School District.

Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker is a leading authority on staff motivation, employee morale, and teacher and principal effectiveness, he has written 30 books, including the best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey, Teaching Matters, Great Quotes for Great Educators, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

chief stewart phillip

A passionate advocate for First Nations education and Aboriginal rights, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip is President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and an executive member of the First Nations Leadership Council. He is chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and former chief of the Penticton Indian Band.