Job Posting: Songhees/Lekwungen Language Team Teacher Assistant

June 19, 2020

Deadline: June 27, 2020

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary scale: TBD

Department: Education


Under the direction of the Executive Director and supervised by the Language Team Co-Coordinators, the Langauge Team Teacher Assistant will be responsible for helping co-develop teaching materials that support the curriculum/čəléŋən ʔiʔ tθə snǝpǝnəq (birthright and teachings) and responding to some of the needs (via the Team Co-Coordinators) that the Language Teachers have for a classroom set up (in-person or on-line) and stock of materials.

The Teacher Assistant/Language Materials Archiving for the "həlitxʷ tθə lək̓ʷəŋəniʔnəŋ/ Bringing lək̓ʷəŋəniʔnəŋ Back to Life" reawakening project shall help to create appropriate instructional materials that support a learning environment. He/she shall exhibit a passion for the reawakening of language.

He/she will consistently endeavour to improve upon supporting its delivery and instruction through the co-development of teaching materials and helping to organize computer files, physical files, and historical materials which support the Songhees Nation's language, the programming for Nation staff, members/families, preschool, k̓ʷamk̓ʷəmʔ éʔləŋ, and local First Nations' culture and value.


  • Demonstrated willingness to learn the Songhees/Lekwungen language: lək̓ʷəŋiʔnəŋ
  • Capacity to learn LPA (lək̓ʷəŋən Phonetic Alphabet) and other locally common indigenous language orthographies as needed. As well as the ability or willingness to learn how to type using Songhees Nation's LPA keyboard
  • Demonstrates excellent organizational and materials development skills
  • Willingness to increase knowledge of the Songhees/Lekwungen language and the traditions of the Songhees Nation community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for liaising with teachers, staff and students of all ages in support of their achievement of language program delivery and language excellence
  • High level of attention to confidentiality and the "Protective Blanket" for language and culture set and documented by elders and leadership
  • Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft suite some social media skills for communications; email programs; photography; texting; video cameras; audio recorders; and other technical skills as required or ability to become familiar with audacity


  • Bachelor's degree or College Diploma, or equivalent experience and expertise – preference for indigenous Language diploma or degree or direct experience of lək̓ʷəŋiʔnəŋ
  • Minimum 1-year experience in related field an asset
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Experience assisting with program coordination is preferred


  • Interacts respectfully with students, teachers, elders, administration, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel under all circumstances
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing and sitting
  • Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals

Please forward resumes to Felicity Peters, Human Resource Manager

Songhees Nation Phone 250-386-1043 ext.114