The Ditidaht First Nation is pleased to offer a fixed term, full time employment opportunity for a Special Education Teacher within the Ditidaht Community School from August 31, 2021 to June 28, 2022.

The Special Education Teacher will work two days per week as a Special Education Teacher and 2 days per week working 1-1 with a grade 4 student who has behaviour and academic needs. Currently there are 13 students (from grades K-10) on the school Special Education work plan. The Teacher will work with the “Explicit Instruction” Researched Based Programs that are in place in the school.

The Ditidaht Community School offers elementary and secondary education (full time kindergarten to grade twelve), with a vision of combining tradition with the tactics of modern education in order to provide our children with an encompassing future. We believe the union of Aboriginal tradition and academic excellence can live in one house in harmony for the betterment of all.

We are a dynamic group of teachers and students, and though we are a small school, we take the educational experience to a whole new level with innovative teaching. As an example of this, please check out the music videos created by our students will N'we Jinan ( and, or our school Facebook page 'Ditidaht Community School'.

The Ditidaht First Nation (DFN) recognizes the value placed on lifelong learning and will strive to incorporate a multi-generational approach as part of the learning.

Ditidaht First Nation offers a competitive wage, housing, benefits package, completion bonus, as well as opportunities for professional development.

Applicants are invited to email their resume to Emily MacLennan, Principal at

For further information about this position please contact Emily MacLennan at 250-745-3223 or by email.

Preference will be given to persons of Indigenous ancestry.


• Valid BC Professional Teaching Certificate and a member in good standing with the BC College of Teachers;

• Diploma in Special Education an asset but not required

• Minimum 5 years experience teaching in a school is preferred;

• Experience teaching in multi-graded classrooms an asset;

• Experience and willingness to work within a “Positive Behaviour Support Model”

• Experience developing and maintaining yearly, monthly, weekly and daily instructional plans;

• Valid standard first aid and CPR certificate an asset

• Clean criminal record check required.

About the Ditidaht First Nation

Our Ditidaht territory is large. It stretches inland to include Cowichan Lake. It reaches down to Nitinaht Lake and deep into the forests. It extends along the coast between Bonilla Point and Pachena Point and encompasses a considerable distance offshore. More generally, Ditidaht territory on land extends to the headwaters of the streams and rivers which drain down to the coastline. Ditidaht territory extends out to sea and includes the rich salmon, halibut and cod bands that feed our people. The Nation’s current registered population is 775 members, with approximately 350 living in Balaats’adt Village on Malachan Indian Reserve at Nitinat Lake.

The present Ditidaht Nation is an alliance of at least ten “local groups” each consisting of a group of people occupying a specific geographical area and centered around chiefs and their families. The local group took its name from the name of its main village’s location. It is likely that these groups were more independent long before the white people came to our shores, but during the time since our history has been recorded in documents, we have been viewed as one people, with one common territory, and one name by which we are all know today. We are Ditidaht, or as we say in our own language, diitiid7aa7tx. Some of us prefer the name da7uu7aa7tx, the name of the original Nitinat Lake people. But today we are best known as the Ditidaht.

The Ditidaht people speak a language called Nitinaht or “Ditidaht”. We are proud of this distinctive language that separates us from our neighbours. Our language, Ditidaht, is one of three closely-related languages (Nitinaht, Makah, and Westcoast) forming the South Wakashan sup-group of the Wakashan Language Family.

We welcome you to visit our website to learn more about our people, history, culture, and development.

The Special Education Teacher is considered a position of trust; therefore, a Criminal Record check will be conducted on the proposed employee.

Thank you for your interest in this position, only those short listed will be contacted further.

Job Category:
Teachers, Principals & Superintendents
Nuu-chah-nulth/Coast Salish
Posting Date:
5/11/2022 8:00:00 PM
Vancouver Island, British Columbia