FNESC Languages Conference 2015, Keynote: Jesse Little Doe Baird from FNESC and FNSA.
The BC First Nations Language and Culture Program includes grants for schools and is available only for First Nations schools in this province. While FNESC and the FNSA appreciate that First Nations students attending other educational settings have important language needs, the funding available for the BC FNLCP is intended to meet the needs of students who are now attending First Nations schools.
In planning for the implementation of the new FNLCP, First Nation school representatives expressed support for a comprehensive approach – one that includes an emphasis on local level programming, with complementary collective support activities to create economies-of-scale and increase access to necessary expertise and relevant Language and Culture materials.
Therefore, the majority of the funding available in the BC Region is allocated to First Nations schools through a school-grant allocation process
First Nations schools access their FNLCP grants through the submission of workplans that detail the activities to be undertaken according to the eligible expenditures. This information is critical for FNESC and FNSA, working with First Nations schools, to understand, monitor and plan service delivery according to evolving needs and priorities.
Schools must submit their required workplans by the deadline established each year. Timely submission of all program documents allows FNESC/FNSA to finalize the school grants budget based upon the submitted requests from eligible schools. FNESC/FNSA then reallocate any unaccessed funding to implement other important Language and Culture activities. Based upon the submission of an approved workplan and a signed contribution agreement that sets out the responsibilities of FNESC and the school, 75% of the Language and Culture grants is released to schools. Schools then are expected to implement their FNLCP activities according to their workplans.
Interim and final reports are required in February and June of each year, and they must reflect FNLCP reporting templates provided by FNSA/FNESC. Thorough, timely reporting on all FNLCP funding is necessary for accountability for the FNLCP resources. Accurate reporting is also necessary in order to demonstrate the ongoing need for funding for Language and Culture programming in BC First Nation schools. Accordingly, all reporting requirements must be followed in order to ensure, to the extent possible, a continuation of the FNLCP. Also, reciprocal tuition students are not eligible for the funding.