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Indigenous Support Worker

Posted on: November 1st 2021 at 8:00am
Closes on: November 30th 2021 at 4:30pm

Posting Reference Number: 
S 22 ISS 059 CAS
Commencement Date: 


Under the general direction of the Principal of Indigenous Education or designate, the Indigenous Support Worker provides enhancement within the goal areas of the Indigenous Enhancement Agreement (i.e.:  school completion, reading, cultural pride, and sense of belonging) to Indigenous students in the elementary, middle, or secondary school settings. Incumbents are assigned specifically to Indigenous students in a fully or partially integrated setting and work in a professional and courteous manner.  

The job involves maintaining confidentiality in all matters of the school district and current, proficient knowledge of the documentation practices, detailed procedures, School District Policies and Ministry of Education Legislation. 

Education & Experience:

Grade 12 diploma, or equivalent, supplemented by post-secondary training up to 6 months in duration. A minimum of 1 year of related work experience working with Indigenous people in an educational setting. Preference will be given to those individuals who have completed a program with a focus on Indigenous culture.

General Description/Duties:

  • Providing cultural support to Indigenous students by: acting as a strong Indigenous role model to Indigenous students; promoting extracurricular activities which will enhance the students’ academic or social achievements; learning about students’ various cultural backgrounds to appropriately nurture relationships; assisting eligible students obtaining Indian, Metis, or Inuit status; organizing cultural events; and providing family support via visits and phone calls to the home.   
  • Enhancing academic curriculum by: delivering presentations to students and school staff; advising of cultural activities, materials, programs, and resources available for personal or classroom use; organizing field trips and tours which will enhance the understanding of Indigenous culture; liaising with Elders and education designates of the Indigenous communities, Administrator or designate, and District Indigenous Helping Teacher. 
  • Providing academic support to Indigenous students by: working with a small group of students periodically pulled out of the regular program, and/or work with students in one or more regular classrooms to reinforce concepts previously taught by the teacher; reviewing and explaining instructions and homework assignments; tutoring students in a variety of subjects; providing feedback to students on assignments and tests; and advising the classroom teacher on issues related to student progress.   
  • Providing academic support to Indigenous students with special needs by: working with Education Assistants to implement the individual education plans (IEPs).    
  • Performing administrative tasks such as:  generating letters and proposals for field trips; printing and photocopying documentation; monitoring attendance and tracking grades; and ensuring the safe and orderly storage of equipment and supplies.   
  • Participating in staff meetings as requested and performing all such other duties as may be assigned by the Principal of Indigenous Education, or designate.    

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

 A valid Class 5 BC Driver’s License. As well, incumbents also require the following: 

  • Proven ability to use Microsoft Office programs, internet and internet-based programs, with the ability to learn other software programs; 
  • Proven ability to determine, judge and select appropriate courses of action in accordance with established policies and procedures; 
  • Understanding and awareness of cultural diversity; 
  • Proven ability to multi-task, prioritize, self-motivate, and meet deadlines; 
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and to provide service and relationship to the public and School District in a professional, respectful, positive and courteous manner; 
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain positive, effective work relationships in a team environment at all times; 
  • Proven ability to use tact and discretion and maintain confidentiality in matters pertaining to the School District; 
  • Working knowledge of WHMIS and WorkSafe BC occupational health and safety regulations and the demonstrated ability to work in a manner that recognizes personal safety and the safety of others; 
  • Ability to be flexible, adaptable and resilient to change; 
  • Ability to explain complex or simple instructions or information clearly to others; 
  • Working knowledge of the district child abuse protocol and reporting procedures; 
  • Considerable working knowledge of the Indigenous cultures and heritages and value systems (preferably the Sto:Lo Nation); 
  • Experience and knowledge of Halq’emeylem or Michif an asset; 
  • Ability to effectively interact and establish positive rapport with students; 
  • Ability to use office equipment (e.g.: printer, photocopier) at a basic level; 
  • Experience working with special needs is an asset; 
  • Level 1 First Aid certification is an asset; 
  • Demonstrated willingness to participate in professional development opportunities as provided by the district; 
  • Sufficient physical capabilities, stamina and coordination to perform the duties of the position to the required standard. 

File Attachments:

Please submit your application before November 30th 2021 at 4:30pm to:

Current employees of the Abbotsford School District may apply for this job using the AMS Job Posting portal.