Language Teacher

Job No: SN210344
Location: North Vancouver


New employees hired by the Nation are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate providing proof of full vaccination. If a candidate requires accommodation based on a ground protected by applicable human rights legislation, this will be reviewed and addressed.

CLOSES:  Open Until Filled

  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh


This position has a proficient command of Squamish language and is responsible for a full-time teaching schedule. S/he/they incumbent will work with the Language Nest Head Teacher to create a language and culture immersion environment for parents and teachers from 0 – 3 years old in the Language Teacher, will support creation of daily schedules and monthly plans and create curriculum that is relevant for parents and young children, will travel to public schools and other learning institutions to teach language classes. In addition to teaching duties, works with language team to achieve goals (e.g. develop Squamish language in the community) and to complete department tasks (maintain library).

 Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Handles full-time teaching schedule.
  • Evaluates students and provides reports.
  • Establishes and adheres to timetable.
  • Prepares teaching aids for use by team.
  • Follows professional development plan.
  • May mentor junior staff.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Contributes cooperatively to the Squamish Nation Language and Cultural affairs team to achieve position and department goals.

Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or First Nations teaching studies from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Willing to consider a Certificate or Diploma in Squamish language teaching (beginner level - words & phrases - oral and written).
  • 2 - 3 years or more of directly-related experience in the majority of specialties listed in job description including acting as a teacher’s aide or substitute teacher for Squamish language classes (students - grades K to 12).
  • As career progresses, may be required to upgrade in order to obtain BC Teaching Certificate or Classroom Management Certificate. May be required to obtain Provincial Instructor Diploma.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to classroom management, Squamish language, First Nation’s education studies, curriculum development, language immersion etc.
  • Experience as an intermediate user of the Internet and Microsoft Office Applications – Outlook (Email), Word, Excel, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Proficient command of Squamish language.
  • Knowledge of Squamish culture an asset.
  • Ability to use versions of the Squamish Language Dictionary.
  • Experience working in a First Nations Community environment is preferred.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Records Check with vulnerable sector search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Starting Salary: $52,000 annually, plus a comprehensive benefit program.

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