British Columbia's Resources

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Here's a collection of Canadian links that may be of interest to you. If you have any suggestions please free to forward them to me ... enjoy and pass the word

First Nations Education Steering Committee

First Nations communities and schools in British Columbia share a strong vision for First Nations education: all of our children, youth and adults have access to high-quality educational opportunities, founded upon their languages and cultures, which prepare them for success in all of life’s opportunities.

The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) is an independent society led by a strong and diverse board of about 100 First Nations community representatives. FNESC is committed to improving education for all First Nations students in BC.

Since its establishment in 1992, FNESC has worked to communicate the priorities of BC First Nations to the federal and provincial governments and to support First Nations communities in working together to advance education issues. Communications, research, partnership-building and advocacy are all central to FNESC’s activities.


First Nations Schools Association
The First Nations Schools Association is dedicated to serving the approximately 130 First Nations community schools in British Columbia. It is an independent, non-profit society and charity directed by representatives of those schools.


First Nations Parents Club
The First Nations Parents Club was created to acknowledge and support the key role of parents in ensuring educational success for their children. It provides parents with information, support, and rewards for their efforts. This initiative involves the organization of locally-based Parents Clubs in First Nations communities in British Columbia (BC), with support materials such as newsletters, incentive gifts, and parenting materials and resources supplied by the First Nations Schools Association (FNSA). There are now approximately 118 local Parents Clubs, involving 2606 members, across BC.


First Nations Tax Commission

We are a First Nation public institution whose primary responsibilities include ensuring the First Nations property tax system is administratively efficient, harmonized, improves economic growth, and is responsive to on-reserve taxpayers. FNTC supports First Nation taxation under the FSMA and under section 83 of the Indian Act. Collectively, there are over 120 First Nations in Canada with property tax powers, responding to community needs and providing services to thousands of property taxpayers.
On this site you can learn more about First Nation property taxation, download useful resource material, subscribe to our newsletter, learn about new regulatory changes and initiatives, or seek our assistance in matters concerning First Nation property taxation. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about us and what we do


Assembly Of First Nations

The story of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is one that remains unknown to most Canadians. It is the story that is lived each day by the First Nations peoples of Canada. It is the story of a struggle for self-determination and human dignity. It is a story that must be told.


Many Canadians are unaware of the enormous problems that the First Nations peoples have faced on the road to political recognition in this country.


Few Canadians realize that the First Nations peoples are identified in the Constitution as one of the founding nations of Canada, along with the English and French. Few Canadians are aware that up until the 1983-87 First Ministers Conference on Aboriginal Rights, the First Nations People were excluded from taking part in the Constitutional developments of Canada. First Nations peoples have had to deal with conditions of extreme poverty and isolation, and vast geographical dispersion, within the tremendous diversity of aboriginal cultures, languages, and political ideologies. Improved communications and transportation have allowed First Nations Peoples to begin to talk to each other, to the rest of Canada, and to the rest of the world. These relatively recent developments have meant that the First Nations Peoples have had to work harder and faster in order to catch up with the federal and provincial governments in the fields of political knowledge, political reality, and especially in political expertise. The years of being excluded from Canada's formal political process has left First Nations Peoples with an incredible void to fill just in order to attain a level of political, social, and legal knowledge that is on par with other groups in Canadian society. ... read more ...




First Nations Summit - In October, 1990, leaders of First Nations met with the Prime Minister of Canada and then with the Premier and Cabinet of British Columbia urging the appointment of a tripartite task force to develop a process for modern treaty negotiations in BC. The federal and provincial governments agreed and on December 3rd, 1990, the BC Claims Task Force was established by agreement of the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, and representative leadership of the First Nations

First Nations Emergency Services- First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESS) is incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia. Our mission is to assist First Nations in developing and sustaining safer and healthier communities by providing the programs and services described in this website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

BC Assembly of First Nations- The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is a Political Territorial Organization (PTO) that represents the 203 First Nations in British Columbia.

The BCAFN is a regional arm of the National Assembly of First Nations (AFN), which makes the Regional Chief an Executive Member of the AFN Executive Committee. The Regional Chief represents the regional concerns of the BCAFN constituents on the Executive Committee to ensure that regional perspectives are included in National political discussions and decision-making. The Regional Chief also holds specific portfolios that deal with national policy issues and concerns.

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Aboriginal Peoples: Portal (link to many other websites in different subjects such as Education, Treaties, History and Culture, General Resources, etc.)

First Perspective: National Aboriginal News:





University of Victoria-School of Social Work, Indigenous Internet Resources


University of British Columbia (UBC) library-First Nations Maps
This website has various links on First Nation mapping and also has information on First Nations treaties and population.


Aboriginal Aquaculture Association

Aboriginal Business Service Network Society

Aboriginal Financial Officers of B.C.

Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA)

Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

Aboriginal Physical Activity and Cultural Circle (APACC) Association

Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia

All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO)

Assembly of First Nations BC Region

Assembly of First Nations

Association of BC First Nations Treatment Programs

Aboriginal Community Careers Employment Services Society (ACCESS)



B.C. Aboriginal Child Care Society

B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society

B.C. Aboriginal Veterans and Serving Members Association

B.C. Assembly of First Nations

B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

B.C. Elders Communication Center Society 

B.C. Treaty Commission


Caring for First Nations Children Society

Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)

Coastal First Nations

The Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network



Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents

First Nations Agriculture Association

First Nations Alliance 4 Land Management

First Nations Child and Family Wellness Council

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

First Nations Directors Forum

First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

First Nations Employment Society - FNES

First Nations Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESS)

First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) 

First Nations Fisheries Council

First Nations Forestry Council

First Nations Health Council

First Nations Land Advisory Board

First Nations Public Service

First Nations Schools Association

First Nations Social Development Society

First Nation Snowboard Team

First Nations Summit

First Nations Tax Commision

First Nations Technology Council 

First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM)

First Nations University of Canada

First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council (FPHLCC)

Four Host First Nations 




Healing Our Spirit BC First Nations HIV AIDS Society

Helping Spirit Lodge Society

The Healthy Aboriginal Network



Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA)

IMI Brokerage Company Ltd.



Kinoondidaa’gamig Treatment Home






Metis Provincial Council of B.C.



Native Business Development Magazine

National Aboriginal Forestry Association (NAFA)

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Centre for First Nations Governance

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia (NCCABC)

New Relationship Trust

Nation Talk

Native Women's Association of Canada

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology - NVIT

Northwest Inter-Nation Family & Community Services       

Northeast Aboriginal Business & Wellness Centre



Peace Hills Trust

Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association

Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council



Red Road HIV/AIDS Network (RRHAN)



Surrounded by Cedar  



Tale'awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation



Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)

United Native Nations Society

Urban Native Youth Association



Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society (VACFSS)

Vancouver Venture for Diversity Society (VVFDS)   



Where are the Children - Healing the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools


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"Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest. We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank." - Chief Maquinna, Nootka



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