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School Overview

Our community, Ukwanalis Village, is based alongside the Gwa’yi (Kingcome) River on the mainland in a glacier-fed river valley, surrounded by tall mountains, across from northern Vancouver Island. We are an isolated community with travel in and out by seaplane or by boat.

Why Teach At Lilawagila School?

At Lilawagila, we teach, model and share the traditional laws and values with the students, staff, parents and the community through sound academic and cultural practices so our children will have a strong sense of “Nugwa’am” to become effective future leaders of our nation.

School & Community Culture

Our school

The spacious Lilawagila atrium acts as the hub to our classrooms and library. Each classroom has access to the outside wraparound deck and windows that provide natural light.

A hall leading away from the atrium ends in a gymnasium and fully-equipped kitchen. Primary and intermediate students study the BC Ministry of Education core competencies in mathematics and English language arts, in addition to acquiring knowledge about their culture through social studies, science and traditional arts.

Our community

We refer to ourselves as both the Dzawada’enuxw and the Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw. The outside world sees us as four tribes; however, we have always been one people.

We know this from our origin stories, co-habitation and respectful shared resource use. The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation are members of the Kwakwaka’wakw group of nations whose people occupy the lower central region of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Our community includes a health centre, library and gym.


The Gwa’yi (Kingcome) River serves as a migratory route for spring, coho, sockeye, pinks and chum salmon, as well as eulachon. As with the other First Nations of this region, we have a wealth of traditional knowledge and an abundance of natural resources.

We cannot separate our use of the land, the water and the many species we have relied on from our spiritual practices. Our cultural and resource riches are one.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for Lilawagila teachers is between $53,119.00 to $90,325.00 a year depending on qualifications and credentials. We offer our teachers a rural allowance and a travel subsidy. Professional development opportunities are available through the First Nations Schools Association.

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