Squamish Language Teacher’s Assistant (WAYK)

Job No: SN200262
Location: North Vancouver


Due to COVID 19, the start date for the position will be determined thru Provincial Health Guidance.

CLOSES:  November 12, 2020
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First 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 works with the staff and students who are enrolled in the Squamish Language Diploma program. The Squamish Language Teacher’s Assistant will increase teaching and learning Squamish language skills specifically in the Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) method. The successful candidate will make every effort to stay in immersion and avoid translation or using English as much as possible.

In addition to teaching assistant duties, works with language team to achieve goals (e.g. develop Squamish language in the community) and to complete department tasks.

The Language and Cultural Affairs Department is working towards Squamish Language revitalization and the Squamish Language Diploma Program is an important aspect of this work. The Squamish Language Teacher’s Assistant will play an integral role in the revitalization of Squamish language and ensure that we are creating speakers for future generations.

         Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Increases the language proficiency of more advanced Squamish language learners and teachers.
  • Increases WAYK skills of Diploma participants.
  • Works with WAYK teachers to test and revise existing lessons; identifies and scribe new lessons.
  • Works with WAYK teachers to edit and expand draft curriculum.
  • Maintains a supportive learning environment for all Diploma participants.
  • Establishes and adheres to timetable.
  • Prepares teaching aids for use by team.
  • Follows professional development plan.
  • Adheres to workplace health and safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  •  Contributes cooperatively to the Squamish Nation Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓iyálh Language and Cultural Affairs team to achieve position and department goals.


    Education, Level of Experience & Hiring Requirements:

  • Graduate of Skwxwú7mesh sníchim in WAYK program.
  • 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.
  • Experience working in a First Nations Community environment is prefer.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance that meets company policy.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required, occasionally with limited advance notice.
  • Must be willing to travel as required.
  • 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 & are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.

Wage: $40,955 to $48,182 annually, plus a comprehensive benefits package.

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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