About the Special Education Program

The Special Education Program works to support First Nations schools to provide students high-quality, inclusive education services.  FNESC and the FNSA are also active in research and in policy discussions with the federal government to continue special education support to First Nations schools.

First Nations schools can request services from the FNESC/FNSA Special Education Team.

Toll-free: 1-855-250-5083


SEP Events

SEP Final Reports are due by June 12, 2020.

Webinar for Preschools on Final Report completion is May 6, 2020 at 11:00 am

Webinar for K-12 Schools on Final Report completion is May 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Please note that the Second Level Services Application period has been moved to the Fall 2020.  Please check back for updates.

Program Resources

Special Education Reporting

Special Education Program for First Nations Schools in BC 2019-2020 – A Guidebook for Educators and Administrators

This Handbook was prepared by the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) and First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to describe the implementation of the Special Education Program (SEP) for First Nations schools in BC. It includes a variety of resources and templates for use by schools.

A Allocation Letter, Special Education Program (SEP) 2019-2020
B Key Dates, Special Education Program 2019-2020
C SEP Handbook for First Nations Schools in BC 2019-2020

A Workplan Instructions, SEP 2019-2020 – workplans due Oct. 4, 2019

A Individual Education Plan (IEP) Guidelines and Process
B Planning Sheets: Teachers
C Planning Sheets: Education Assistants
D Planning Sheets: Parents
E Planning Sheets: Students
F IEP Template and IEP Smart Goal Template

A SEP Additional High Cost Funding Application Instructions 2019-2020
B Parental/Guardian Form, Release of Student Information
C Application Form, Additional High Cost Funding – due Oct. 15, 2019 and Jan. 17, 2020

Educational Psychology Application Instructions and Guidelines
B School Request Form – Educational Psychology Assessment – due Nov. 8 2019
C Student Referral Form – Educational Psychology Assessment
D Parental Consent Form – Educational Psychology Assessment

A Interim Report Instructions – due Feb. 13, 2020

Final Report Instructionsdue June 12, 2020

The Second Level Services Application period has been moved to Fall 2020.
Please check back for updates and instructions for the online application process.
B School Request Form, SEP Services
C Student Referral Form
D Parental Consent Form – Educational Psychology
E Parental Consent Form – Occupational Therapy
F Parental Consent Form – Speech and Language Pathology

Additional Resources

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) is a collection of evidence-informed anxiety prevention and resilience-building resources for use with students in grades K-7. These stand-alone resources align with BC curriculum and are designed to benefit all children by fitting into existing classroom routines and practices.

Mental Health First Aid is training designed to give educators and members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, decreases stigmatizing attitudes, and helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.