Employment & Contract Opportunities

Permanent Full-time Education Assistant

ʔaq̓amnik̓ Elementary School, provides an opportunity to work in a smaller, comfortable, and individually focused place for learning.  We have a long-held reputation of providing Ktunaxa culture and language to our students. We aspire to provide an excellent educational and cultural experience for our children and employees while working towards the Community’s Vision: A vibrant, healthy community, speaking our language, governing effectively, and maximizing our lands and resources for the benefit of future generations and all living things, in a manner consistent with qanikitȼi (our values and principles).


The successful candidate will assist the classroom teacher create and foster “child centered” environments where the needs of the individual child are recognized and fostered.  The candidate will work within a collaborative team environment, to help deliver lessons and activities that contribute to Individual Education Plans and the Response to Intervention model. Further, the candidate will support the classroom teacher to reach Ktunaxa Language & Culture and classroom goals.


• Assist teachers on a daily basis to deliver activities and supervise students. 
• Lunch-hour supervision.
• Assist students as they get ready to go outside (helping them with their shoes, jackets, etc.) and ensure students get on the bus.


• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage with children and youth from diverse backgrounds; ability to quickly build rapport and trust.
• Ability to take and follow direction from Teacher, Vice-Principal or Principal.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Willing and able to work as a cohesive team with other school staff.
• Patient, approachable, flexible and adaptable
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Conflict resolution skills.
• Ability to keep calm under pressure and quick decision-making skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and Ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is an asset.


• Education Assistant Certification and/or completion of post-secondary in relevant field or an acceptable combination of relevant education and experience.
• Completion of and possession of valid CPR and First Aid Certificate. 
• Vulnerable Sector Check and Criminal Record Check clearance required.
• Valid Food Safe certificate would be an asset.
• Class 4 Drivers License would be an asset.

Closing Date:  Thursday, July 25th, 2019, 4:30 pm MT

Applicants should submit cover letter, resume and copy of qualifications to:

Amanda Gnucci, Human Resource Generalist  Phone: 250-426-5717 ext. 3550   
ʔaq̓am       Fax:  (250) 426-8935     
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5  Email: 

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
*This job posting is open to current ʔaq̓am staff, ʔaq̓am Band Members and other Ktunaxa Bands’ Members*



ʔaq̓am is located in the beautiful, sunny centre of ktunaxa Traditional Territory in the southeast corner of British Columbia. If you love the out of doors, the mountains, fresh air and the sun, this is the place for you. We are here to work towards achieving ʔaq̓am’s Vision:

“A vibrant, healthy community, speaking out language, governing effectively, and maximizing our lands and resources for the benefit of future generations and all living things, in a manner consistent with qanikitȼi (our values and principles).”

Be a part of an excellent team, perform meaningful work that will realize long term benefits, share in worthwhile accomplishments, celebrate successes, join in the camaraderie, build strong relationships and enjoy life long learning!

The Land Code Advisor is responsible for managing the planning, implementation and administration of the ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code, according to natural law and qanikitȼi (ʔaq̓am values and principles) for the use and benefit of all ʔaq̓amnik ̓ (ʔaq̓am people present and future generations). A major function of this position is to facilitate the development of laws, policy and procedure arising from ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code. This position is critical in supporting the Director of Lands and Natural Resources in achieving goals and objectives as set out in ka kniⱡwitiyaⱡa or Our Thinking: ʔaq̓ am Community Strategic Plan.


Land Code
o Responsible for law approval processes under ʔaq̓am Land Code as directed by Chief and Council.
o Ensures organizational compliance with ʔaq̓am Amended Land Code.
o Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as First Nation Environmental Protection, Environmental Assessment laws and regulations and or Canadian Environmental Protection/Assessment laws and regulations.
o Prioritizes Community Laws and works closely with legal counsel, the Lands Committee and Chief and Council to draft laws.
o Updates policies and procedures and develops new ones, as necessary.
o Organizes, conducts and reports out on compliance monitoring of active land instruments including leases, licenses, permits, etc.
o Works closely with Staff, Leadership and the Lands Committee to communicate Land Code development initiatives and lead Community engagement and consultation efforts.
o Works collaboratively with external partners to implement Land Code initiatives. Partners may include but, are not limited to: Lands Advisory Board Resource Centre, Department of Indigenous Services Canada, the Ktunaxa Nation Council and other Land Code communities.

Membership/Nation Relations
o Drafts leases, permits, licenses, etc. to support ʔaq̓am and ʔaq̓amnik ̓ operated initiatives.
o Helps ʔaq̓amnik ̓ interpret and complete forms within the Lands Management Manual.
o Works closely with the Lands Officer to ensure land instruments are recorded in an accurate and timely manner within the First Nations Lands Registry.
o Works closely with the Lands Committee for recommendations pertaining to Land Code initiatives.
o Provides, as required, communications to ʔaq̓amnik ̓ as specified under Land Code.

Community and Economic Development
o Support community and economic ventures by serving as the Land Code subject expert.
o Represent the interests of ʔaq̓ am in the negotiation and drafting of lease/license/permits/easement agreements where ʔaq̓ am is the lessor, permittor, etc.


o Ability to review land related legal documents for accuracy and legal requirements.
o Knowledge of procedures and legal terminology relating to rights and interest in land.
o Knowledge of relevant Federal and Provincial regulations.
o Demonstrated knowledge of ktunaxa/Aboriginal people and ktunaxa/Aboriginal culture is preferred.
o Strategic and analytical thinker.
o Collaborative, with a Community focused approach.
o Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to communicate complex information in a simple manner.
o Ability to take initiative and prioritize multiple projects.
o High degree of ethics, confidentiality, and integrity.
o Knowledge of financial management practices and ability to seek funding, prepare proposals, manage budgets and work with
limited funds.


o Minimum 3 years’ experience in a similar role, implementing and monitoring strategic plans, policy and law development, and land and resource development is preferred.
o Minimum Bachelors and/or Masters in Planning, Land/Resource Management, Law, Public Administration, Policy or a related field (e.g. forestry, ecology, natural resources, land use planning, etc.),
o Project management experience.
o Experience working with a variety of partners including government, agencies, First Nations, industry, and non-profits.
o Experienced in intensive public engagement and consultative processes.
o Experienced and knowledgeable with law making processes and law drafting.
o Completion of Aboriginal Culture Training, training in engagement and consultation, and/or Aboriginal rights and title training/workshops is an asset.
o Previous experience working for a First Nation or within an Aboriginal context is preferred.
o Provision of a clean Criminal Records Check
o Provision of a Driver Abstract and a Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence.

To see the full job description of this position please visit our website: aqam.net under Employment and Contract Opportunities

Remuneration: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes a favourable benefits package and pension plan.

Please submit your cover letter and resume marked “confidential” to:
Amanda Gnucci, Human Resources Generalist
7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 7E5;
Phone: 250-426-5717 ext. 3550; Fax: 250-426-8935

Closing Date: Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is found. So get your application in as soon as possible!!

Thank you to all those that apply, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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