Day: June 1, 2015

Job – Adult Education Teacher, Prince George, BC, Due: June 8, 2015

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Yekooche First Nation is seeking an Experienced

Adult Education Teacher

Are you an innovative thinker who is interested in moving beyond the current education system into something more dynamic? Are you interested in becoming a neighbour and agent of community change? If so, you may be the person we are looking for. We require an inspirational, high-engagement teacher; someone with passion for education; an inspiring vision of what education can become to support Aboriginal communities; the ability to adapt to change; and demonstrate progressive leadership skills. Your duties will encompass teaching, relationship building, mentorship and coaching, advocacy, and partnership development. We are looking for a person who can think on their feet, develop authentic connections, is open to discovering new ways of working, and is knowledgeable about social and historical issues impacting Aboriginal communities.

Community Description


Yekooche First Nation is located in central British Columbia, approximately 80 km from Fort St. James, nestled between Stuart and Babine Lakes. Outdoor opportunities include fishing, hiking, kayaking, quading, skiing, snowmobiling, etc.

Yekooche First Nation has a population of approximately 200 on and off reserve members. The Community has a Band Office, Public Works, School, Health Clinic, and approximately 33 homes and 9 staff units. The Finance Office is located in Prince George.

A highly attractive salary and benefits package includes relocation assistance.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelor of Education and eligible for a BC Teaching Certificate
  • Principals of adult education and learning philosophies
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal approaches to education and learning
  • Advanced Information Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge
  • The ability to plan and work with IEP’s for students
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a clear Criminal Record check
  • A high degree of flexibility and proven interpersonal skills

Posting is for the 2015-16 school year


Please submit resume before June 8, 2015 to:

Yekooche First Nation

1890 Third Ave

Prince George, BC V2M 3L9

Fax: 250-562-0530

Email: (email preferred)


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School District 69 (Qualicum)
The Board of School Trustees of School District No. 69 (Qualicum) invites applications from experienced
educators for anticipated Elementary Principal and Vice Principal vacancies.
The District, which is located on central Vancouver Island and is comprised of the beachside communities
of Parksville and Qualicum Beach and surrounding areas, serves the educational needs of approximately
4,000 students in 7 elementary and 3 secondary schools. These positions will likely start on August 1,
The successful candidates will have the following:
 A valid BC teaching certificate and familiarity with BC curriculum and the BC Education Plan;
 A master’s degree, completed or in progress (preferably in Educational Leadership or a
related field);
 Successful administrative experience at the elementary level is preferred;
 For the Principal position, experience at a dual-track French Immersion School would be an
asset – French language proficiency would also be preferred.
The successful applicants will demonstrate:
 Exemplary and varied teaching abilities;
 Successful educational leadership experience both formal and informal;
 Knowledge and understanding of current educational research, technology, and approaches
for working with students with unique needs;
 Keen understanding of effective assessment and reporting practice;
 Experience in the implementation of innovative programs to improve student learning;
 Experience in the use of technology to support and engage learners;
 Ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, and the broader community;
 Effective leadership and decision-making abilities;
 Familiarity with the Spirals of Inquiry approach to planning for growth and system change;
 Excellent communication, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
Applications should include the following:
 A letter of application stating the position – Elementary Principal or Vice Principal you wish to
be considered for;
 A statement of educational and administrative philosophy (with reference to your leadership
 A current curriculum vitae;
 At least three professional references including your current supervisor;
 A signed authorization for School District 69 (Qualicum) personnel to contact references in
addition to those provided and authorize those contacted to release information to the district.
For further information please contact or submit a complete application package no later than 4:00 pm,
Monday June 15, 2015 to:
JoAnne Shepherd – Director of Human Resources
School District No. 69 (Qualicum)
PO Box 430, 100 Jensen Avenue East
Parksville, BC V9P 2G5
Telephone (250) 954-4678 FAX (250) 954-1259
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Applicants must ensure that their applications are received at the district office by 4:00 pm on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Job – Kindergarten-Grade 1 Teacher, Williams Lake, BC. Due: June 16, 2015

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The Little Chiefs Primary School Is seeking a Kindergarten – Grade 1 Teacher
Maternity Leave position August 2015 – January 2016
If applicable to the End of June 2016 – Current Maternity leave – 6 month intervals.
Reporting to the Little Chiefs Lead Teacher and the Williams Lake Indian Band Education Manager; the Kindergarten- Grade 1 Teacher will perform the following duties in collaboration with the Little Chiefs Primary School Kindergarten/Grade 1 Programs:
Little Chiefs Primary School is focused on their student’s success. Therefore Little Chiefs Primary School actively promotes the following abilities or qualities in their teaching staff:
 Awareness of, and sensitivity to, First Nation cultural diversity
 Ability to promote greater student success and achievement
 Sustained commitment to Literacy and Numeracy (Read Well and Saxon Math knowledge)
 Working creatively and collaboratively with Little Chiefs Primary School staff and Williams
Lake Indian Band Education Department
 Strong communication, interpersonal and team building skills with parents and community
The following criteria will be important considerations in the hiring process:
 Strong background in Elementary Education and specialized training in areas of Reading
and numeracy
 Recent teaching experience
 Excellent classroom management skills
 Knowledge of, or commitment to become knowledgeable of the prescribed BC
 Learning Outcomes Curricula in all subject areas
 Training in Literacy and Numeracy
 Knowledge of and/or experience in Differentiated Instruction
 Experience in multi-grade classrooms
 Bachelor of Education Degree and in good standing with Ministry of Education Teacher
Regulation Branch
 Equivalent combinations of education and/or experience will be considered.
Salary is pro-rated dependent on verified education and teaching experience; in accordance with BC Ministry Teacher Salary Grid

A job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
Apply to:
Williams Lake Indian Band
2672 Indian Drive, Williams Lake, BC V2G 5K9
Marg Shelley, Band Administrator
Telephone: 250 296 3507
Facsimile: 250 296 4750
Closing Date: June 16, 2015 4:30 pm
To view information on Little Chiefs Primary School and Williams Lake Indian Band Programs and Services, please websites listed below:

July 10 & 11, 2015 – SFU Faculty of Education Summer Institute 2015: Equity and Excellence

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SFU Faculty of Education Summer Institute 2015:
Equity and Excellence

July 10 & 11, 2015

Each Summer Community Graduate Programs holds a Summer Institute for the Faculty of Education at which invited speakers provide keynotes, graduate students share their research and other educators and academics present work related to the theme.  The Institute is open to all interested persons and is provided free of charge. However, the primary audience is SFU students in Masters and EdD programs.
Presentations are invited as part of a program of concurrent sessions of 45 minutes, inclusive of time for audience questions. Preferences for time of presentation during the two days of the Institute can be accommodated.
The Summer Institute will be held July 10 – 11, 2015, at SFU’s Surrey campus.
The Faculty of Education Summer Institute is an opportunity for conference participants to:

  • Experience rich diversity in theory and practice related to teaching, learning, and leadership in both K-12 and post-secondary environments;
  • Network with and learn from both academics and research practitioners in focused and enlivened forum;
  • Review and discuss high quality graduate level research;
  • Improve their practice; and
  • Build stronger relationships with community and stakeholder groups.
The theme for 2015 is “Equity and Excellence,” which is intended to explore the following questions.
  • What do we mean by equity?
  • Why do we mean by excellence?
  • How do we achieve both in a diverse learning community?
  • What are the standards by which we should measure success?
  • How are we doing so far?
Presentations are invited from individuals or groups for 45-minute concurrent sessions to be scheduled on July 10 and July 11.
Sessions may include presentations, round table discussions, demonstrations, or other formats.
Please send proposals to Bruce Beairsto at no later than Friday, June 5th.
Please include:
1.    Name of presenter(s)
2.    Telephone and email address
3.    Title
4.    Description of the content
5.    Format of the session (panel discussion, etc)
6.    Abstract (max 50 words) for inclusion in the conference program
We encourage collaborations with others, so please let us know if you are going to co-present.
Please forward this email to others who may be interested in submitting a proposal or attending this conference.

More details available at

Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden

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Upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities with
The Indigenous Health Research & Education Garden
  • Wednesday June 3rd, 1:30-4:30PM: Garden volunteer session
  • Saturday June 13th, 10:00AM-12:30PM: Salve Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday June 24th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday July 21st, 2:00-4:00PM: Tea Harvesting Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday July 29th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
  • Tuesday August 25th, 4:00-6:00PM: Tea Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday August 26th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Farm
  • Tuesday September 29th, 3:00-5:00PM: Tobacco Pipe Mix Making Medicine Workshop (space is limited, please RSVP to
  • Wednesday September 30th: Feast Bowl community meal at the UBC Longhouse
How to volunteer for garden volunteer sessions: we work in the garden rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. We have extra rain boots, gardening tools, and gloves to share. Bring a snack and water bottle – bring friends and family (of any age) too! No experience necessary. You will find us in the Indigenous Health Garden at the UBC Farm. The most up-to-date directions to the UBC Farm can be found here. Once at the Farm, you can follow the “Aboriginal Health Gardens” signs to find our garden here.

How to volunteer for the Feast Bowl: join us at the UBC First Nations Longhouse (1985 West Mall) at or after 9:30AM to help us harvest or cook, or 12:30PM to eat lunch with us. Extra help from any age or skill level is always appreciated, especially in the kitchen. If you can only join us for lunch, we encourage you to come anyway and we look forward to sharing a delicious meal with you!

Note: if you plan to bring a large group, please let us know ahead of time at

New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarships & Bursaries, Due: June 4 & June 11, 2015

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New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarships & Bursaries

Applications for the Post-Secondary Scholarships close June 4, 12:00 PM (noon). Scholarships are awarded for Undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate programs. These awards are available to BC First Nations students who are planning on attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis in any field of study.

Applications for the Post-Secondary Bursaries close June 11, 12:00 PM (noon). Bursaries are awarded for Trades, Certificate, Associates Degree and Diploma programs. Bursaries are available to BC First Nations students who are planning on attending an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis in any field of study.

The New Relationship Trust Foundation provides a K-12 Grant Initiative for BC First Nations Kindergarten to Grade 12 projects that are delivered at the community level. Applications up to $5,000 will be distributed until funds are exhausted.

Source: The Talking Stick: A First Nations House of Learning Publication, May, 29, 2015

Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship, Due: June 15, 2015

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Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship

Applications for the Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship Fund close June 15. Scholarships are awarded to BC First Nation students who are in financial need and who demonstrate merit. Scholarships are available for entrance, undergraduate and post-graduate studies for all programs and academic disciplines. To apply or learn more, contact

Source: The Talking Stick: A First Nations House of Learning Publication, May, 29, 2015

Kleanza Indigenous Language Revitalization Grant & Archaeology Scholarship, Due: Jul. 1, 2015

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Kleanza Indigenous Language Revitalization Grant & Archaeology Scholarship

Applications for the Kleanza Indigenous Language Revitalization Grant close July 1. This scholarship, valued at $1500, celebrates the efforts and successes of Indigenous people in various capacities of language revitalization. It will be awarded to an individual or group who has contributed to the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

Applications for the Kleanza Scholarship Award for Students of Archaeology close July 1. A $500 award will be given to an undergraduate student studying archaeology or anthropology or First Nations studies with an archaeology focus.

For more information, contact

Source: The Talking Stick: A First Nations House of Learning Publication, May, 29, 2015

Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald Honoured With the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring

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UBC Professor Honoured With a Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Our congratulations go out to Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, recipient of a 2014-15 UBC Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

The Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring recognizes outstanding mentorship by a UBC faculty member of numerous graduate students over a period many years.  This 2015 award recognizes a faculty member in the senior category – that is, with 12 or more years of university service.

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald
Professor, Department of Educational Studies
Associate Dean of Indigenous Education and NITEP Director, Faculty of Education

Dr. Jo-ann Archibald has an international reputation as an outstanding scholar, and through her mentorship and leadership of numerous initiatives, has helped transform Indigenous education in Canada.  The many graduate students she has mentored consistently praise her for her holistic approach to mentorship, engaging their physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs in ways that transcend their often isolating programmatic experiences.  Her high standards, wise and caring counsel, and commitment to instilling in her students a sense of responsibility for others have contributed to her students’ success in making a positive impact as leaders in their fields and communities after graduation.

Dr. Archibald received the award during the May 21, 2015 graduation ceremony.

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