Governance structure 

The efficiency

The FNEC’s structure is based on efficiency that works for First Nations because it respects their realities and allows them to support local and regional efforts to reinforce their capacities in education.

The FNEC does not exist independently of member communities, but is well established within their fold and feeds into their interests.


The FNEC’s governance structure is a democratic model that is reflected in the full and complete participation of all 22 member communities in the decision-making process.

The FNEC’s structure includes:

  • a general assembly of member-community representatives;
  • a special general assembly of chiefs;
  • a finance and administration committee made up of three members appointed by the General Assembly.

The composition

The FNEC secretariat receives its mandates from the General Assembly which is made up of community-nominated education representatives.

The Special General Assembly is made up of chiefs from each member community. The mandates it assigns to the FNEC secretariat serve the organization to fulfill its mission, realize its vision, and defend its political positions.

The Finance and Administration Committee is the intermediary body between the Assembly and the FNEC secretariat. It has the authority to assist the FNEC in managing its financial and human resources in accordance with the Assembly’s guidance and direction.

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