The First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) invites First Nations school educators, support staff 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.

Hosted at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC, the event features concurrent workshops, exhibitors, plenary presentations and networking opportunities.

  • April 11, 2019 Authorized Representatives Day (1 rep per school only)
  • April 12-13, 2019 Main Conference Days

Registration is scheduled to open in mid-February, 2019.

Conference details are under development and subject to change.

Conference News

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Keynotes and Special Features

Zaretta Hammond, a teacher educator and the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students, will be a keynote speaker at the FNSA conference this year.  Zaretta is a former classroom English teacher who has been doing instructional design, school coaching, and professional development around the issues of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 18 years.  She teaches as a lecturer at St. Mary’s College’s Kalmanovitz School of Education in Moraga, California.
Learn more about Zaretta… 

Keynote speaker Dr. Evan Tlesla II Adams, from the Tla’amin First Nation, is an actor and physician. He was the first-ever Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and he is currently Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority. Learn more about Dr. Adams.

Dr. Anita L. Archer is an educational consultant to school districts on explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction. She is the recipient of several awards honoring her excellence in teaching and contributions to the field of education. Learn more about Dr. Archer.