Primary School Teacher
Kingcome Inlet, BC
- Use your leadership and education skills to assist in developing our community while honouring our heritage!
- Receive a competitive annual salary plus benefits!
- Don't miss this chance to make a true difference to the vibrant community of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation!
About the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation
We refer to ourselves as both the Dzawada’enuxw and the Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw. The outside world and the Government of Canada see us as four tribes, however we have always been One People. This we know from our origin stories, and from generations of intermarriage, co-habitation, and respectful shared resource use.
Our community in Ukwanalis Village is based alongside the breathtaking Gwa'yi (Kingcome) river on the mainland within a glacier-fed river valley that is surrounded by towering mountains across from the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
For more information about the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation please visit our website.
About Lilawagila School
Lilawagila School is dedicated to learning and growing collaboratively so that we can provide a well rounded academic and cultural education in a strong, caring, and safe environment.
The vision of Lilawagila school is to teach, model, and share the traditional laws and values with our students, staff, parents, and community through sound academics and cultural practices in order to allow our children to have a strong sense of “Nugwa’am” and to become effective future leaders of our nation.
About the Opportunity
Currently, the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation (DFN) is looking for a dynamic Primary School Teacher to support Lilawagila School in Kingcome Inlet, B.C.
The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation requires an organized, energetic, and compassionate multi-level and multi-grade Primary School Teacher to teach in collaboration with a Lead Teacher, who will have shared responsibility for the educational programming for approximately 5 Grade K5 – Grade 3 students in our First Nation Operated School. Lilawagila School includes an Aboriginal Headstart “Little Wolf” class (baby to K4), a K5 to Grade 3 and Grade 4 to Grade 7 class. Classes are supported by Education Assistants.
The Primary Teacher will support the Lead Teacher and will have the support of the Education Manager, the Lead Teacher, Education Assistants and Education Committee.
More specifically, your responsibilities as a Primary School Teacher will include:
- Preparing, teaching, and assessing Grades K5 to Grade 3 academic subjects, on par with the B.C. curriculum
- Incorporating First Nation cultural knowledge and activities into the curriculum and classroom teaching, in collaboration with the Language and Cultural coordinator
- Preparing and updating Individual Education Plans for assigned students
- Participating in ongoing Professional Development through the First Nations Schools Association
- Providing necessary information to the Education Manager for reports
- Coordinating meetings with parents and other professionals when necessary
- Liaising with other service providers in order to enhance educational programming
- Having knowledge of and experience with, or willingness to learn and use:
- Saxon Math Program or approved equivalent
- Read Well Program or approved equivalent
- Reading Mastery Program
- DIBELS Assessment
- CAT 4 Assessment
- Virtues Project
- Extending learning into the outdoors by having students participate in programs, such as:
- Salmon Release
- Butterfly Release
- Kilometer Club
- Garden Club
In order to qualify for this role, you will need a British Columbia Teaching Certificate coupled with experience managing and teaching a multi-grade, multi-level class and excellent leadership skills. Knowledge of First Nations culture and experience with First Nations students is an asset, along with possessing excellent interpersonal skills and classroom management skills. You will need to be a member of the B.C. College of Teachers in good standing, and be able to demonstrate a professional work ethic and experience in a leadership position.
As our ideal candidate for this role, you will have knowledge of culturally responsive teaching practices, and be able to integrate First Nations cultural knowledge and activities into the curriculum. In addition, you will have excellent computer literacy skills, along with the ability to work both independently and in a team environment. Special education training or experience working with students with special needs would be an asset.
Finally, it is important that you are willing to participate in local community and cultural events.
Do you want to make a lasting difference to a vibrant First Nation community? Here’s your chance. Please read on to see what we have to offer you!
About the Benefits
As recognition for all your hard work and determination, you can look forward to a competitive annual salary, plus the following:
- Extended health and dental benefits package
- Pension plan
- Vacation pay at 6.1% for the first four years that increases with further length of service
- Relocation assistance
This is your chance to make a change in a dynamic environment!
If you share our values and have the skills necessary to bring success to the role, then we invite you to apply today!