The purpose of the First Nations Education Council (FNEC) is to be the voice for students of Indigenous Ancestry (includes First Nations, Inuit, and Metis), their families and School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North). The FNEC works in full partnership with the School District to support and guide Indigenous Education Services. The FNEC ensures the provision of ongoing comprehensive support and services relative to the needs of Indigenous students and to make certain sensitivity and respect for Indigenous’ priorities and perspectives.


  • Two (2) representatives designated annually by chief and council
  • Two (2) School District No. 85 Trustees
  • Two (2) members from Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre
  • Two (2) parents of Indigenous students (may not be employees of School District No. 85 or contract workers) appointed by FNEC
  • One (1) Indigenous Elder selected and appointed by FNEC (rotational basis)
  • Two (2) representatives from School District No. 85 senior management


  • One (1) school based Principal or Vice Principal
  • One (1) First Nations Education Teacher (appointed by VINTA)
  • One (1) First Nations Support Worker (appointed by CUPE)
  • District Principal, Indigenous Programs
  • One (1) representative of Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD)
  • One (1) representative from North Island College (NIC)
  • Culture/Language Advisors, Indigenous Parents, and other stakeholder guests can be invited by FNEC as required.