Kootenay / Okanagan Schools

With sunny skies and beautiful, affordable living the nine First Nations schools in this region are attractive places for teachers to live and work. This easternmost FNSA (First Nations Schools Association) region includes Cranbrook, Penticton, Vernon, Keremeos and many other local centres.

Regional Diversity

There are nine First Nation groups operating nine schools in the Kootenay / Okanagan.  The region represents the following communities: Cranbrook, Creston, Douglas Lake, Keremeos, Penticton, Penticton, Oliver, Westbank, andVernon.

Community Culture

In this FNSA region there are many different First Nations communities including the Okanagan National Alliance which offers a wide range of programs for youth. The Okanagan Band School Language and Culture Conference is an important local event that involves local First Nations schools each year, and the Okanagan Traditional Games attract participants from all over the region.

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Specialty Programs

With sunny skies and beautiful, affordable living the nine First Nations schools in this region are attractive places to live and work. This easternmost FNSA region includes Cranbrook, Penticton, Vernon, Keremeos and many other local centres.

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Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities

In this FNSA region there are many different First Nations communities including the Okanagan National Alliance which offers a wide range of programs for youth. The Okanagan Band School Language and Culture Conference is an important local event that involves local First Nations schools each year, and the Okanagan Traditional Games attract participants from all over the region.

Salary and Benefits

Teaching in a First Nations school is ideal for people who enjoy a high degree of flexibility, close working relationships, and especially meaningful work teaching First Nations students. This work is particularly well-suited for individuals who want to learn about different First Nations cultures and who appreciate peaceful rural settings and the range of recreational opportunities they offer. The school environments are often team-based, collegial and energetic.

First Nations schools offer competitive salaries and benefits as well as the additional advantages of small, collegial working environments, rich with First Nations culture.