Tsilhqot'in / Carrier / Sekani Schools

Teaching in first Nations schools in northwest and north central interior BC provides opportunities for both rural life and city sophistication, with abundant recreational activities and natural beauty of forests, grasslands, lakes and deserts.

The First Nations schools in this region are small and diverse, providing a variety of exciting opportunities for teachers.

Regional Diversity

There are 11 First Nation groups operating 16 schools in the Tsilhqot’in / Carrier / Sekani region. The region encompasses the communities of: Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake, Burns Lake, Fort Babine, Fort Fraser, Fort St. James, Hanceville, Quesnel, Redstone Reserve, Smithers, Takla Landing, and Yekooche.

Community Culture

In this large region there are many diverse First Nations communities as well as the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council based in Prince George and the Tsilhqot’in National Government in Williams Lake. Many dialects of Dakelh, Netut’en and Tsilhqot’in are spoken and traditional languages in this Dene/Atahpaskan region.

With the major centre of Prince George and Williams Lake as larger urban hubs, residents can enjoy affordable housing, incomes above the provincial average, second-to-none recreational opportunities and all the services of a large community, including shopping centres, airports and the new Northern Sport Centre at UNBC in Prince George. Many of the FNSA Schools are located within 3 hours of either of these larger centres.

Small towns such as Smithers and Burns Lake serve as hubs for local industries including logging, sawmilling, mining and tourism. The Hanceville area in the Chilcotin boasts spectacular landscapes of canyons, rivers, sandstone and lava formations with a long ranching history. Fort St. James National Historic site offers a fascinating glimpse of early fur trade history in the region.

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Specialty Programs

First Nations schools in BC strive to offer rich language and culture opportunities and high quality academic programming. Most First Nations schools are members of the First Nations Schools Association, which, along with the First Nations Education Steering Committee, offers a range of professional development opportunities, supports and second-level services.

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Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities

This area has hundreds of lakes and rivers, vast rolling hills and outdoor recreation opportunities during all phases of the year, including fishing, hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing, golfing, gloving, mountain biking, snowmobiling and kayaking.

Climb the 25-million year old lava beds and volcanic cone of the extinct Red Rock Volcano or paddle the Nechako, Stellako, Dean, and Chilcotin Rivers.

Well-attended local events include the Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation Pow Wow & Cultural Event, Stuart Lake fishing Derby, the Anahim Lake Rodeo, Williams Lake Stampede, Fort Fraser Fall Fair and National Aboriginal Day celebrations throughout 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.