Mission: The First Nations Schools Association will collaborate with First Nation schools to create nurturing environments that develop learners’ pride and competence in their First Nations language and heritage and will equip them to realize their full potential, within self-governing First Nations communities.

First Nations schools in BC began working toward the establishment of a collective support organization many years ago and the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) was formally established as a non-profit society in 1996.

The FNSA represents and works on behalf of First Nations controlled schools in BC, and almost all First Nations schools in BC are members of the Association. The FNSA has a mandate to support those schools in creating effective, nurturing, and linguistically and culturally appropriate education environments that provide students with a positive foundation in all academic areas.

The FNSA works directly with its constituents and reports to its members at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The FNSA Board of Directors includes regional representatives selected at each AGM.


In any given year, the FNSA leads research projects, provides networking and communications services, and strives to raise awareness about what makes First Nations schools unique. In recent years, it has worked with First Nations schools to develop new tools for gathering data about the schools and students, and to develop and implement new instruments for school assessment, among other resources.

The FNSA’s priorities include:

  • Language and Culture
  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Effective Instruction
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)