The Special Education Program (SEP) supports First Nations schools to provide students high-quality, inclusive education services.  The First Nations Schools Association and the First Nations Education Steering Committee are also active in research and in policy discussions with the federal government to expand special education support to First Nations schools in British Columbia.

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

For further information, please contact the Special Education Department at

Special Education Program

Workplan and Reporting are completed online through the SEP Portal:

Second Level Service and Additional High Cost Applications are completed online:

Key Dates and Resources

Key Dates Summary Tab 1B
SEP Handbook Tab 1C Handbook
SEP Workplan due Sept. 24, 2021 Tab 2A Workplan Instructions
2021/22 Second Level Services Request Oct. 8, 2021 Tab 8A Instructions
Additional High Cost funding Oct. 20, 2021 Tab 4A Instructions
Second Call – Additional High Cost funding Jan. 21, 2022
Interim Report Feb. 10, 2022 Tab 6A Instructions
Final Report May 12, 2022 Tab 7A Instructions
2022/23 Second Level Services Request June 9, 2022

Smart Goal Template
IEP Template

Additional Resources

The Talking About Special Education Series is provided by the First Nations Schools Association and First Nations Education Steering Committee to share information with educators and families about how to support First Nations students.