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Last Updated: 2/27/2024 8:14:59 PM EST

School Overview

We are an independent First Nations school located on the Tsulquate Reserve in Port Hardy for students from K to Grade 7 that provides learning in a culturally responsive and rich environment characterized by respect and care. Our aim is to provide child-centered learning that focuses on cultural experiences and encompasses children’s emotional, social, academic and physical needs.

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Our Vision, Mission & Values

We strive to equip students with a wide range of experience, knowledge and skills. Through teaching methods and programs that focus equally on each individual child’s strengths and needs, we aim to develop the whole child and help them see their role in their community and the world. We want our students to have an education that yields experiences they can use successfully in this community as well as in the context of the larger society. The Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw School prepares students with an education that will enable them to explore any future option.

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School community

Our work environment is a place where students, staff members and parents feel – and are – safe, included and accepted. All members of the school community demonstrate Maya’xa̱la (respect), fairness and kindness in their interactions, and build healthy relationships that are free from discrimination and harassment. Staff members, parents and the community are encouraged to engage in open and ongoing dialogue about our school values and vision. Teachers can expect to work in a collaborative work environment that puts students first. Our class sizes are small and provide a high level of support for our students.

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Our community

Our school is located on the Tsulquate Reserve adjacent to Port Hardy and is within the boundaries of the Regional District of Mt. Waddington. Port Hardy is located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island and is the gateway to an authentic, unspoiled, nature-driven adventure. This is the very edge of the coastal wilderness where you can hike our rugged trails, walk along our sandy beaches, or paddle along the rocky shores. No matter what you choose, you will find that exploring Port Hardy connects you with nature in ways you didn’t anticipate.

Port Hardy has many amenities, including a civic centre, indoor heated pool, skating arena, curling rink, salmon enhancement and interpretive centre, ambulance and hospital services, museum and library, a golf & country club, tennis courts, physician offices and dental facilities and diverse business services.

Draw for Employees

We offer small class sizes, a collaborative work environment, professional development opportunities and competitive salaries.

Salary and Benefits

Salaries match those offered by the local school district.

Application Requirements

Teachers must hold a valid BC Certificate of Qualification.