The FNESC and FNSA publication, A Handbook for First Nation School Governance Authorities (Discussion Draft), published October 2020, shares information regarding various responsibilities of school governing authorities, considering the issues within the context of the unique opportunities and challenges associated with operating a First Nation school in British Columbia.

The information  is meant to apply to a wide range of circumstances and it is presented in largely general terms. First Nations will express their own specific governance approaches in different ways, and the structures used to exercise governance will be culturally-based and implemented within the context of each First Nation’s principles and values. It is therefore expected that the information included within this Handbook will be considered and adapted to meet the unique needs of those who use it.

SECTION ONE
Introduction: The Context for First Nation School Governance
1.1 First Nation Control of First Nation Education
1.2 BC First Nations Education System
1.3 Purpose Of This Handbook

SECTION TWO
A School Governing Authority’s Role and Responsibilities
2.2 Governance Responsibilities
2.3 The Role of School Governing Authority Members

SECTION THREE
Why First Nations Establish Schools
3.1 Language and Culture Programming
3.2 Expecting High Levels of Learning for All Students

SECTION FOUR
Defining the School’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Direction
4.1 Establishing the School’s Vision, Mission, Values and Goals
4.2 Monitoring the Implementation of the Vision – Focusing on Results
4.3 Collecting and Using Meaningful Data to Monitor Success
4.4 Setting Direction for the Effective Use of Data

SECTION FIVE
Working with the School Principal
5.1 Distinguishing the Leadership Roles of the School Governing Authority and the Principal

SECTION SIX
Advocating, Communicating and Working Collaboratively
6.1 Effective Collaboration and Communications

SECTION SEVEN
Financial Management Responsibilities
7.1 Setting the School Budget
7.2 Questions and Answers About the School Governing Authority’s Budget Responsibilities

SECTION EIGHT
School Governing Authority Policies
8.1 Questions and Answers About School Governing Authority Policies (Adapted from Thomas, 2002)

SECTION NINE
Professional Development
9.1 School Governing Authority Development
9.2 Supporting Principal and Staff Professional Development Efforts

SECTION TEN
School Governing Authority Procedures
10.1 School Governing Authority Meetings
10.2 Leading the School Governing Authority Forward
Conclusions

APPENDICES
References
A School Governing Authority Self Evaluation
Common School Governing Authority Challenges – and Possible Solutions