Kwakwaka'wakw / Heiltsuk / Nuxalk / Oweekeno Schools

Encompassing the northeast tip of Vancouver Island and the coastal communities of BC’s Central Coast, this region is home to twelve First Nations schools serving small coastal communities

Community Culture

In this region there are several different First Nations communities and the following Tribal Councils: Kwakiutl District Council, Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council and Oweekeno Kitasoo-Nuxalk Tribal Council.

First Nations history runs deep in this area, with an archaeological dig near the Bear Cove ferry dock showing that First Nations people have resided here for at least 8000 years and sandstone petroglyphs that can be found in the oceanfront tidal zone.

Learn more about the cultures of this region with a visit to the Wei Wai Kum House of Treasures in Campbell River or the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, where potlatch regalia confiscated in 1921 has been repatriated to the Kwak’waka’waw people.

Regional Diversity

There are 12 First Nation groups operating 12 schools in the Kwakwaka’wakw / Heiltsuk / Nuxalk / Oweekeno region

This region encompasses the communities of:  Alert Bay, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Cape Mudge Village, Coal Harbour, Fort Rupert Reserve, Kingcome Inlet, Klemtu, and Port Hardy.

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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

Offering an escape from the hectic pace and an affordable cost of living, this region is a wealth of riches for those who embrace the great outdoors. Head out on the open waters for bountiful salmon and halibut fishing, or watch killer whale pods and schools of dolphins and porpoises jump over the waves. Hike through the old growth cedar forests and watch animals in their natural habitat.

Cape Scott Provincial Park offers a windswept, unspoiled experience for hikers and camping enthusiasts.

The Port Hardy Airport also offers convenient air service to Victoria and Vancouver as well as ferry services.

Northward, the Bella Coola Valley, home to the Nuxalkmc people, is known as a gem of natural beauty within the Central Coast of BC tucked in the Coast Mountains. Wilderness abounds and beckons nature lovers will enjoy exploring Tweedsmuir Provincial Park a haven for outdoor recreation.

Relax with a fishing line in hand, explore a hiking trail, drift a river, hire a guide to watch wildlife, tour the petroglyphs, go horseback riding, mountain biking, or bath in natural hot springs. In winter, the mountains guarantee deep powder for snowmobiling as well as ample snow for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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.