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The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a provincial Crown Corporation formed by the government of British Columbia in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Program. The First Peoples‘ Cultural Council is supported by legislation: PDF Document First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Act.

The mandate of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council is to assist B.C. First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. Since 1990, the First Peoples‘ Cultural Council has successfully distributed over $20 million to British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities for language, arts and culture projects.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is committed to providing communities with a high level of support and quality resources. Our cultural heritage, and the living expression of our identities, is integral to the health of all members of our Aboriginal communities, as well as to the well-being of all British Columbians.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council serves:
  • 203 B.C. First Nations
  • 34 languages
  • 61 language dialects
  • First Nations arts and culture organizations
  • Aboriginal artists
  • Aboriginal education organizations

Vision Statement

B.C. Aboriginal languages, cultures and arts are thriving. The cultural knowledge expressed through Aboriginal languages, cultures and arts is recognized and embraced.

Mission Statement

The First Peoples' Cultural Council provides leadership for the revitalization of Aboriginal languages, culture and arts in British Columbia. The First Peoples' Cultural Council monitors the status of B.C. Aboriginal languages, cultures, and arts, and facilitates and develops strategies which help Aboriginal communities recover and sustain their heritage. The First Peoples' Council is committed to establishing itself as the key source of current and accurate information on the state of Aboriginal languages in British Columbia and to continuing to provide program coordination and funding for Aboriginal language and cultural preservation and enhancement.

Our Values

Accountability – The Executive Director, Board and staff are directly accountable to the organization’s stakeholders and to First Nations in B.C.
Transparency – Program procedures and decisions are open and transparent.
Results-based – Program delivery is efficient and outcome-based.
Collaboration – Programs are coordinated with other service providers and language groups to maximize benefits.
Integrity – All work is done with an overriding focus on cultural integrity and honesty. 

Legislation and Mandate

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council was created by the provincial government in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture program. The enabling legislation is the First Peoples Heritage, Language and Culture Act. The First Peoples' Cultural Council Mandate, as laid out in the Act is to:
  • Preserve, restore and enhance First Nations' heritage, language and culture.
  • Increase understanding and sharing of knowledge, within both the First Nations and non-First Nations communities.
  • Heighten appreciation and acceptance of the wealth of cultural diversity among all British Columbians.
The FPHLC Act was amended in 2011 to allow representation from all B.C. First Nation language groups on our Advisory Committee and to meet modern best practices for Crown corporations. For details on amendments to our legislation, please see the Background Information About the Amended First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Act.

FPCC operates according to an annual letter of expectations that outlines government’s direction. Please see the 2014/15 Government’s Letter of Expectations  for more information.

Our Stakeholders

  • First Nations communities
  • First Nations artists
  • First Nations arts and culture organizations
  • First Nations language champions
  • First Nations language learners
  • First Nations schools
  • First Nations Elders

Our Key Partners – B.C.

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR)
New Relationship Trust (NRT)
BC Arts Council
First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation
Chief Atahm School
Royal British Columbia Museum
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
First Nations Technology Council (FNTC)
B.C. Caucus of Cultural Centres
University of Victoria
First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)
Network BC

Our Key Partners – Canada

Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH)
Canada Council for the Arts

Our Key Partners – International

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF)
The Linguist List at Eastern Michigan University
The Endangered Languages Catalogue Team at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa
The Myaamia Project
The Language Archive at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
The Endangered Language Alliance
Indigenous Languages Institute
Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages
The University of Arizona
The University of Hyderbad
First Languages Australia
World Oral Literature Project

What We Do

FPCC is a successful delivery agent for Indigenous language revitalization in B.C. With 60% of Canada’s first languages and a higher degree of linguistic diversity than anywhere else in Canada, a centralized organization for language administration in B.C. can ensure a high level of efficiency and accountability. Specifically, FPCC provides the resources and knowledge necessary to both support communities with their language work and inform funders about the up-to-date status of languages in B.C.

Specific activities of FPCC include:

  • Facilitate opportunities for First Nations communities in B.C. to receive funding for language and arts projects
  • Advise government on programs and issues related to First Nations languages, arts and culture
  • Develop programs and community development resources to encourage the revitalization of First Nations languages, arts and culture
  • Facilitate relationship-building opportunities between government and non-governmental entities and First Nations experts
  • Offer a network of information and opportunities to First Nations artists and language champions
  • Offer advice and assistance to First Nations funding applicants
  • Educate and share information with people in B.C. about First Nations languages, arts and culture
  • Advocate for B.C. First Nations languages, arts and culture
  • Perform in-person outreach to B.C. First Nations communities to inform them about our grants as well as to monitor and advise communities involved in our programs
  • Provide training for participants receiving funding from FPCC language revitalization, archiving and immersion programs
  • Work in partnership with First Nations communities to revitalize and archive First Nations cultures and languages and restore literacy and fluency in First Nations languages
  • Provide professional consulting services related to arts and language revitalization in B.C., Canada and internationally to create revenue
  • Raise awareness and build support networks for language and cultural revitalization on a global scale
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